This N.Y.-L.A. culture clash that starts Friday at Dodger Stadium is more than just comparing apples to oranges.
Think more of people with orange hair and Rally Bananas.
Depending on how you drink in this Dodgers-Mets best-of-five 2015 National League Division Series, the side you pick could come down to a simple choice of preferring the original Bloody Mary from the King Cole Bar & Salon at the St. Regis in New York or a classic (don’t call me Kirk) Gibson martini from Musso & Frank in Hollywood.
Hey, it’s 6 o’clock somewhere. Here’s our tale of the tape with a twist of irony:
N.Y.: $99.6 million (ranks 20th out of 30 teams)
L.A.: $227.3 million (ranks first)
The Mets could get swept but they’ll still have advanced farther than New York’s other team (which was second at $214.2 million)
** Who has the Donald Trump bump:
N.Y.: Trump was born in Queens (just like the Mets) and raised by his father to buy as much New York skyline hotels, office building and luxury condos as possible. Insists he was once approached by Mets owner Fred Wilpon to buy a share of the team but declined because he didn’t want just a minority piece, but a majority. (As if the MLB would approve that anyway considering Trump’s ties to the gaming industry). Got into a minor controversy this season when Mets pitcher Matt Harvey thanked Trump for letting him and some teammate play on his Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point. The New York Daily News ran a story about it with an appropriately N.Y. headline.
L.A.: The Dodgers have held their annual charity event at the Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles. Which isn’t in Los Angeles, but actually Palos Verdes. Last March, the PGA of American said its 2015 Grand Slam of Golf would be at Trump’s course in November. Then Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, said a few things about immigration. Then the PGA said it was not only revoked its deal with Trump but canceling the event all together. The Dodgers also decided not to hold an annual charity golf event this season rather than have it at the Trump course.
This is a true lose-lose situation here.