New York vs. LA: Comparing Big Apples to Rally Bananas

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Trump bumpN.Y.: Donald Trump was born in Queens — just like the Mets — and raised by his father to buy as many New York skyline hotels, office buildings 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 teammates play on his Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point. the New York Daily News ran a headline: “A-hole In One: Tone Deaf Mets Ace Plays Trump Card.”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 Rancho Palos Verdes. In March, the PGA of America said its 2015 Grand Slam of Golf would be at Trump’s course in November. Then the Republican presidential candidate said a few things about immigration. Then the PGA said it was not only revoking its deal with Trump but canceling the event altogether. The Dodgers also decided not to hold an annual charity golf event this season rather than have it at the Trump course.Advantage: Seriously? Neither. This is a true lose-lose.Ownership power N.Y.: Mets owner Wilpon, co-founder of New York-based Sterling Equities commercial real estate development, has a net worth of $500 million even after he claimed to have lost some $700 million in the Bernie Madoff scam. He also claims Sandy Koufax as a personal friend.L.A.: Dodgers majority owner Mark Walter, a Chicago financier with Guggenheim Partners, has a net worth of $2.8 billion. He has since been introduced to Koufax and claims Magic Johnson as a business associate.Advantage: L.A. Even if Frank McCourt continues to get some spare change in the seat cushions for his parking lot surrounding Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers still have much deeper pockets.Channeling the fansN.Y.: Mets own a majority share of SportsNet New York, launched in 2006 with Time Warner Cable as a minority partner. Millions of New Yorkers have access to it.L.A.: Dodgers own SportsNet L.A., launched in 2013 with Time Warner Cable as a majority rights holder. Hundreds of Southern Californians have access to it.Advantage: N.Y. The city with the nation’s largest TV market apparently knows how to get a distribution deal done. The Dodgers, in the No. 2 TV market, could learn something there.The mascotsN.Y.: Mr. Met.L.A.: None. Although Tommy Lasorda would be considered the closest thing to that definition.Advantage: L.A. Y’ever met Mr. Met? It looks like a cross between Bartolo Colon, the Jack In The Box clown and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. There are some 40 mascots in MLB today — some teams have a few of ’em — and Forbes once ran a poll that said Mr. Met was deemed “most popular” among them. Lasorda should have been given consideration.Mayoral supportN.Y.: Bill de Blasio, who was once booed at Citi Field after making a ceremonial first pitch. Claims he’s a Red Sox fan.L.A.: Eric Garcetti, who once dropped an F-bomb during live coverage of a Kings’ Stanley Cup victory parade celebration.Advantage: L.A. Imagine the smack talk Garcetti would have for former L.A. mayors Richard Riordan, James Hahn and Antonio Villaraigosa, seeing how the Dodgers last won a World Series when Tom Bradley was mayor 27 years ago.Downtown skylineN.Y.: One World Trade Center on 57th Street, aka the Freedom Tower, is 1,776 feet tall (104 floors)L.A.: The U.S. Bank Tower on 5th Street, formerly the First Interstate Bank Center, is 1,018 feet tall (73 floors).Advantage: L.A. Size doesn’t matter, especially in the land of earthquakes (see the movie “San Andreas” … or don’t). Besides, the owner of the Nordstrom Tower right down the street on New York’s “Billionaires’ Row” is threatening to expand his antenna to 1,795 feet. Does that mean they’ll rename the Freedom Tower as the “Nordstrom Rack Shack”? Geographically challenged managersN.Y.: Mets skipper Terry Collins played in the Dodgers’ minor-league organization, managed their Triple-A affiliate and spent a few years managing the Anaheim Angels before going back to the Dodgers as a minor-league field coordinator and farm director. Eventually, the Mets hired him.L.A.: Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly played his entire 14-year big-league career in New York for the Yankees, became a hitting coach for Joe Torre’s Yankees, somehow became part of a package deal when Torre became the Dodgers’ manager and has survived five seasons running the team.Advantage: N.Y. The 66-year-old Collins, the big league’s oldest manager, may not have led a team to the playoffs before, but his compass seems to be better calibrated. He challenged 34 calls this season and had 19 overturned (56 percent). Mattingly challenged 41 calls and had only 17 overturned (41 percent).The ‘mane’ pitchersN.Y.: Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, who open the series in Games 1 and 2 on the mound.L.A.: Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, who open the series in Games 1 and 2 on the mound.Advantage: L.A. Consider Kershaw and Greinke made a combined $58 million this season — more than the entire Arizona Diamondbacks roster. And you can’t find a cheap hair stylist? The Mets have done much more promotionally. Syndergaard is known as Thor for his long blond locks, and the team used deGrom’s shaggy ’do for a marketing campaign, giving out posters with a silhouette of him and the slogan #hairwego.Implosion alertN.Y.: Game 3 starter Matt Harvey, raked over the coals for being late for a mandatory workout this week, has also been involved in a controversy over innings pitched in relation to his Tommy John surgery two years ago.L.A.: The bullpen. The 3.91 staff ERA for the pen is the second-highest of any of the 10 teams that made the playoffs (behind the Rangers’ 4.12). The .317 batting average of balls put into play against the pen was the third-highest in the game. Advantage: N.Y. Dodgers fan @LA-Bullpen on Twitter has already been printing T-shirts that read: “My Bullpen Makes Me Drink.”Roster payrollN.Y.: $99.6 million (ranks 20th out of 30 teams)L.A.: $227.3 million (ranks first).Advantage: N.Y. The Mets could get swept, but they’ll still have advanced farther than New York’s other team (Yankees second at $214.2 million).Inter-city title bragging rightsN.Y.: The Yankees won the 1977 and ’78 World Series over the Dodgers.L.A.: The Kings dumped the Rangers in a double-OT decisive game to clinch the 2014 Stanley Cup.Advantage: L.A. Besides, the Dodgers gained some revenge in squashing the Yankees in the 1981 World Series. But then, Trump’s New Jersey Generals defeated the L.A. Express in the first United States Football League game at the Coliseum in 1983. Somehow, it always comes back to The Donald.center_img This N.Y.-L.A. culture clash that starts Friday at Dodger Stadium is far more complicated 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 team you cozy up to could come down to a simple preference for 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:last_img

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