This could be the best Dodgers' T-shirt of the year ... or is it the best Angels' T-shirt?
You don’t have to be Forrest Gump to appreciate a new blue T-shirt offered by Nike that reads:
The Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles.
Tweaking everyone’s favorite Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Or is it the Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles? I get so confused.
The L.A. Angels of Disneyland even play at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Which used to be called Edison International Field of Anaheim, though before that just plain ol' Anaheim Stadium. Ah, those were the simple days.
The Angels originally played in Los Angeles' old Wrigley Field and then at Dodger Stadium, which kinda explains why they were named after the city they actually played in. Or used to play in. Sort of.
Some teams are challenged offensively, some geographically.
When the Orange County Register posted about the T-shirt, it received 193 comments. Mostly from those in Orange County who apparently don’t like the Angels being sullied with the additional Los Angeles handle any more than Frank McCourt.
And while on the subject of hilarious T-shirts, Nike is on something of a roll. Big League Stew noted its "Cooperstown Heritage" line has produced 13 T-shirts with a silhouette of a player’s face, cap, hair and mustache or beard.
There’s some pretty great stuff, including Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly, circa the Yankees in the late '80s, and Kirk Gibson -- alas, while he was with the Tigers.
The best one, though, may have been turned up by a reader at Sons of Steve Garvey. It's of Manny Ramirez as a Dodger, prolonged dreadlocks and all.
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-- Steve Dilbeck