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Shouldn't Yankees/Dodgers be a natural rivalry for historic reasons (as well as NY-LA)?
There are eight natural rivalries: Yankees/Mets, Cubs/White Sox, Dodgers/Angels, Giants/A's, Nats/Orioles, Rays/Marlins, Cardinals/Royals, Indians/Reds.
But Padres-Mariners always felt the most random to me. (Not that I have a better idea.)
Is Indians-Reds really a geographically 'natural rivalry?'
if youtube had been around between 1975-1995 there would be quite the collection of brewer/white sox fan melees. several times legitimate brawls broke out in the stands at both old county stadium and comiskey park
They are geographic rivalries whether "natural" or artificial so let's call them that. Then again Indians-Pirates is a more natural rival based on geography and fan bases than Indians-Reds. More than a few people in that area root for the Pirates as their NL team and the Indians as their AL team so this matchup would test their loyalties.
Interesting we hear all this stuff about the Brewers and White Sox now, when back in the '70s, '80s and '90s, it wasn't much of a rivalry, or at least wasn't promoted as one '
When did the Brewers and the White Sox ever play a game that had any real consequence for both teams other than purely emotional / psychological?
Garner even publicly called out White Sox broadcasters Ken "Hawk" Harrelson and Tom Paciorek to a fight, after the broadcasters suggested Garner was ordering pitchers to throw at White Sox hitters.
it's pretty clear that folks are assigning rivalry in terms of team's competing for the division title
As I said, for teams in separate divisions (particularly in the pre wildcard era), it was almost impossible to play a regular season game with these kind of stakes.
Just for the record, the Brewers and White Sox were both in the AL West in 1970-71. When the Senators moved to Texas, they also moved from the AL East to the AL West, and the Brewers got sent east.
We all know Pittsburgh's natural rival is West Virginia.
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