Either a series of backhanded compliments, or an honest attempt to bridge the schism--or both--a blogpost by Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Comical pointed out some of the positives of the Dodgers and our fan base. At core, I think what the author is admitting is, Giants fans envy our knowledge of the game, laidback attitude, announcing team, food fare, and sartorial superiority. Among other things that he conceded.
But Hartlaub also noted Dodgers fans' perspective on the rivalry itself:
5. Dodgers fans very rarely throw beer on Giants fans. I was pretty scrawny when I was in my 20s, and in more than a dozen games wearing Giants colors at Dodgers Stadium, I don't remember anyone seriously messing with me. In my experience, the Giants are much more fixated on hating the Dodgers, and most Dodgers fans like to act as if they don't notice. It's like an elementary school romance that way. No doubt there are exceptions, and the stadium clearly has security problems it needs to work out. But it's way off to brand all Dodger fans as thugs.
I lived in the Bay Area, and San Francisco proper, for almost a decade, and I have always thought that Bay Area fans tend to be much more anxious about the Dodgers-Giants rivalry than Southern Californians. It's reflective of the whole NoCal-SoCal rivalry: NoCal tends to be really uptight, and SoCal understands the differences but can move on as well. So it's telling for me to see a SF columnist characterize the difference similarly.
Any of you share this perspective as well?