The Freeway Series is a Major League Baseball (MLB) interleague rivalry played between the Los Angeles Angels and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Angels are members of the American League (AL) West division, and the Dodgers are members of the National League (NL) West division. The series takes its name from the massive freeway system in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, the home of both teams; one could travel from one team's stadium to the other simply by driving along Interstate 5. The term is akin to Subway Series which refers to meetings between New York City baseball teams. The term "Freeway Series" also inspired the official name of the region's NHL rivalry between the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks: the Freeway Face-Off.
|First meeting||June 17, 1997|
Dodgers 4, Angels 3
|Latest meeting||July 24, 2019|
Angels 3, Dodgers 2
|Next meeting||July 10, 2020|
|Regular season series||Angels, 70–54|
|Largest victory||Angels: 13–0 (2004)|
Dodgers: 16–3 (2006)
|Longest win streak|
|Current win streak||Angels, 4|
The rise of Southern California as a major region of the United States brought about a significant economic rivalry between neighboring Los Angeles and Orange counties.
To many living outside of Southern California, the entire region is often simply referred to as "LA", associating Los Angeles and Orange counties with the same stereotypes and preconceptions. However, the two counties differ sharply in political ideology, socioeconomic status, and demographics. Los Angeles County is more liberal, and is represented by a more ethnically diverse population, while Orange County was known to be one of the most conservative areas in the state. This divide led to the Los Angeles/Orange county line being colloquially referred to as the Orange Curtain. This can be somewhat misleading, though, because the older, more urban, cities of northern and central Orange County (Anaheim, Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Buena Park, etc.) are much more in tune with Los Angeles County cities than their southern Orange County counterparts. These older Orange County cities are much more diverse and less homogeneous than the south, and the income levels and demographics represent this.
The first exhibition game between the two clubs (won by the Angels) was played in 1962 in Palm Springs, at the time the spring training home of the Angels. The first pre-season series was played at Dodger Stadium, at the time the home ballpark of both teams April 6–7, 1963. The Angels won both of the two games played. After the Angels added Los Angeles to their official name in 2005, the rivalry took on renewed interest, as the series took on a more intracity atmosphere.
Throughout the 2005 season, Dodger Stadium listed the Angels as "ANA" on its out-of-town scoreboard and team schedules, as it was prior to Angels' name change. However, the Dodgers now post "LAA" on both their scoreboard and schedules. Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully refers to the team as just the Angels when mentioning them on the air. Dodgers tickets still refer to the Angels as the "Anaheim Angels." As of the 2011 season, however, the Angels' out-of-town scoreboard in right field still lists the Dodgers by their pre-2005 "LA" abbreviation instead of "LAD". The Angels' name change was largely opposed by the Dodgers organization, city and county of Los Angeles, Anaheim, every other city in Orange County, and fans on both sides. The prevailing argument was that the Angels did not play within Los Angeles county limits, and that adding LA to the name inaccurately represented the location and background of the team's fans. The Angels' ownership countered that bringing the Los Angeles name to the American League was beneficial to the entire region and organization. Furthermore, the Census Bureau's definition of Greater Los Angeles includes Orange County in its definition, and the Angels have always used Los Angeles stations to broadcast their TV and radio games. The adding of the "Los Angeles" to the Angels name still causes some resentment in the minds of both Angel and Dodger fans today.
At one point, both teams were owned by major media conglomerates: the Angels had been owned by the Walt Disney Company, and the Dodgers were owned by News Corporation (each company owned one of the MLB broadcast partners, with News Corporation changing its name to 21st Century Fox in 2013, and subsequently being purchased by the Walt Disney Company in 2019). Both teams have been sold in recent years.
During the 2002 World Series, there was a moment of peace in the rivalry as a result of the nightmares the Dodgers and their fans were facing because the Angels played the San Francisco Giants, the fierce in-state rivals of the Dodgers. The Los Angeles Times called the series "the Dodgers' 'Nightmare Series.'" The New York Post called it "the worst-scenario World Series for the Dodgers." The San Francisco Chronicle called the series "a Dodger fan's worst nightmare." The Dodgers and their fans, including Chairman Bob Daly and former manager Tommy Lasorda, rooted for the eventual champions and attended their games in Anaheim. Lasorda was at Game 2 and stood behind the batting cage and said that he's a big fan of Angels manager Mike Scioscia. Daly attended Game 7 and sat near the Angels dugout, as a fan of late Angels owner Gene Autry. This series was the Angels first championship, while the Dodgers' last title came in the 1988 World Series and appearance was 2018.
History was made in 2014 when two MVPs were chosen from the same metropolitan area with the Angels outfielder Mike Trout winning the American League MVP and Dodger pitcher Clayton Kershaw winning National League MVP for the year. This occurred again in 2019 when the Angels' Trout and Dodgers' Cody Bellinger won their league's respective MVP awards.
|Season||Season series||at Anaheim/LA Angels
|at Los Angeles Dodgers
|1997||Dodgers||4–0||5-4; 8-2||3-4; 5-7||First season series sweep by either team.|
|1998||Angels||3–1||5-6; 4-6||5-6(11); 3-2|
|1999||Dodgers||4–2||6-7(10); 3-1; 13-3||4-5; 4-7; 7-5||First year of 6-game home-and-away format.|
|2000||Angels||4–2||5-12; 8-3; 7-8||3-4(10); 5-3; 6-2|
|2001||Angels||4–2||6-2; 5-6; 4-6||1-0; 1-2; 6-5(10)|
|2002||Tie||3–3||7-5; 1-7; 0-5||8-4; 5-10; 4-5||Angels win 2002 World Series.|
|2003||Angels||4–2||0-3; 0-3; 1-3||2-5; 2-4; 6-3|
|2004||Tie||3–3||3-7; 8-5; 6-2||13-0; 7-5; 5-10||Both teams make the postseason for the first time.|
|2005||Angels||5–1||0-7; 1-3; 3-5||9-0; 3-1; 2-6||Angels add "Los Angeles" to their name|
(see City of Anaheim v. Angels Baseball LP for more information.)
|2006||Dodgers||4–2||3-16; 4-8; 0-7||6-1; 2-9; 0-4|
|2007||Angels||5–1||1-9; 2-6; 1-4||1-2; 3-0; 10-4|
|2008||Tie||3–3||2-4; 6-3; 2-10||0-6; 0-1; 1-0||Both teams win their respective divisions.|
|2009||Tie||3–3||4-5; 6-4; 5-3||3-1; 4-5(10); 10-7||Both teams win their respective divisions and finish as runner-ups in their respective league championship series.|
|2010||Angels||5–1||3-6; 1-2; 10-6||10-1; 4-2; 6-5||First Angels sweep at Dodger Stadium.|
|2011||Angels||4–2||5-0; 1-7; 1-3||8-3; 6-1; 2-3|
|2012||Angels||4–2||5-8; 3-1; 3-5||3-2; 2-5; 2-1|
|2013||Tie||2–2||3-4; 2-3||7-8; 0-3||Series changed to four-game format with two in each city |
except in years the AL West plays the NL West (2015, 2018, 2021 etc.)
|2014||Dodgers||3–1||2-1; 7-0||5-0; 4-5||Both teams win their respective divisions.|
|2015||Dodgers||5–1||7-5; 6-4; 2-3||3-5; 1-3; 3-5(10)|
|2016||Angels||3–1||1-8; 4-7||7-6; 1-5||Angels drop “of Anaheim” from their name.|
|2017||Tie||2–2||2-3; 6-2||4-0; 0-4||Dodgers lose 2017 World Series.|
|2018||Tie||3–3||2-3; 3-1; 3-4||2-3; 5-4(10); 3-5||Dodgers lose 2018 World Series.|
|2019||Angels||4–0||3-5; 3-5||5-4; 3-2||First season series sweep by the Angels and first by either team since 1997, the first year with interleague play.|
|Overall||Angels||70–54|| at Anaheim/LA Angels
| at Los Angeles Dodgers
As of 2019, the two sides have never met in the postseason. To meet in the postseason would require that they both advance to the World Series in the same year. To date, the two teams have made the playoffs in the same year four times: 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2014. In 2004, both teams lost in their respective Division Series, whereas in 2008 the Angels lost to the Boston Red Sox, 3–1 in the Division Series while the Dodgers swept the Chicago Cubs 3–0 and lost to the eventual champion Philadelphia Phillies 4–1 in the National League Championship Series. In 2009, both teams advanced to their respective League Championship Series. The Angels lost the ALCS 4–2 to the eventual champion New York Yankees, while the Dodgers lost the NLCS to the Phillies, 4–1. The Angels' only World Series win and appearance came in 2002, while the Dodgers' last win came in their championship season of 1988, with their latest appearance being in 2018.
In 2014, both teams finished first in their respective divisions. However, the Angels were swept, 3–0, by the Kansas City Royals in the ALDS, while the Dodgers lost 3–1 to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS.
- Major League Baseball rivalries
- Bay Bridge Series, Oakland Athletics vs. San Francisco Giants
- Red Line Series, Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox (Named for the Red-line "L" route)
- Subway Series, New York Yankees vs. New York Mets, etc.
- Beltway Series, Washington Nationals vs. Baltimore Orioles
- Citrus Series, Miami Marlins vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Other Rivalries in the Los Angeles areaEdit
- National Hockey League: Freeway Face-Off
- College Football: UCLA–USC rivalry
- Major League Soccer: El Tráfico
- National Basketball Association: Lakers–Clippers rivalry
- National Football League: Rams–Chargers rivalry
- Inline citations
- Yoon, Peter (December 14, 2007). "No controversy, just champions". Los Angeles Times. p. D3.
Now that we have the Freeway Faceoff between the Kings and Ducks to go along with the Freeway Series between the Dodgers and Angels, we need a name for this. It might be difficult to incorporate 'freeway' into it, though, since they share the same building. Maybe we could call it the 'We took the same freeway as you did to get here tipoff.' Or, 'The showdown at the intersection of the 10 and 110 freeways.'
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- Penner, Mike (October 28, 2002). "Angels' Dream Is Fox's Nightmare". Los Angeles Times. p. U3.
- Chang, Richard (October 21, 2002). "Many Dodgers fans wearing a halo". Orange County Register. p. Angels.
Dodgers fans look to the Angels coaching staff—former Dodgers Mike Scioscia, Mickey Hatcher, Ron Roenicke and Alfredo Griffin—as another reason to like the Angels...The Southern California connection, as well as the north-south divide, also plays a role...Most true-blue Dodgers fans are looking beyond Mickey Mouse and are hoping the Angels reduce the Giants to gnats.
- Shaikin, Bill (October 18, 2002). "Angel Report /Notes; Rodriguez Giving a Sneak Preview". Los Angeles Times. p. D10.
The way Angel Manager Mike Scioscia figures it, Dodger fans will be rooting for the Angels during the World Series, if only as the lesser of two evils. As a former Dodger catcher, Scioscia is well aware that a Dodger fan's two favorite teams are the Dodgers and whoever is playing the Giants.
- Sherman, Joel (October 20, 2002). "Mike Makes Right". New York Post. p. 98.
This is the worst-scenario World Series for the Dodgers...San Francisco is the Dodgers' most hated NL rival. The Angels are the Dodgers' neighbors to the south...'This is not a good situation for the Dodgers,' (Paul) Lo Duca admitted. But he said because he has a relationship with Scioscia and former Dodger coaches and current Angel coaches Mickey Hatcher and Ron Roenicke, it would be easy for him to root for Anaheim.
- Garofoli, Joe (October 19, 2002). "Dodger fans cross the line, seek Series tickets". San Francisco Chronicle. p. A14.
This Series is a Dodger fan's worst nightmare.
- Brookover, Bob; Salisbury, Jim (October 21, 2002). "Lasorda watches Series with pride, prejudice". Philadelphia Inquirer. p. C6.
Although Lasorda could never cheer for any team other than the Dodgers, he obviously is a big Scioscia fan.
- "Spotlight; Dodgers' Daly Pulls for Angels to Win". Los Angeles Times. October 28, 2002. p. U2.
There was little doubt where Dodger Chairman Bob Daly's allegiances were...—the Brooklyn native was seated two rows behind the Angel dugout for Game 7...'I grew up...loving Gene Autry, so for me this was easy,' Daly said of the late Angel owner. 'The Angels...have a good team,...played very well, and...I've enjoyed it.'
- DiGiovanna, Mike (June 18, 2007). "Freeway Series is Turning into a Romp". Los Angeles Times.
- Newhan, Ron (March 31). "Freeway Series Pits Dodgers Against Bad Angels". Los Angeles Times. Check date values in: