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Sporting News Hearts LA

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As over 150,000 Dodger fans spent three days showing Barry Bonds as much hate as they could muster, Sporting News saw fit to profess its love to Los Angeles.

Yesterday, in an article entitled "Best Baseball City: Los Angeles," Managing Editor Stan McNeal expounded upon why he believes this to be the best town in which to be a fan.

In running through a laundry list of well-reasoned arguments in favor of Los Angeles (and Anaheim), McNeal touches upon a vast array of items people usually pick as cons against Los Angeles and its baseball fans.

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Football, for example, long a sticking point for those who think we somehow lack for sport in a city of unparalleled and generally amazing athletic success, is something McNeal tackles:

In L.A., baseball doesn't have to share headlines with the NFL.

He also takes on the long-held view that fans who leave early and come late, as some Dodger fans are wont to do (as, are some fans in every ballpark), are somehow not real fans:

You might think the best fans are the ones who stay to the end no matter what. I think the best fans are the ones smart enough to know when to leave.

McNeal then addresses the East Coast, taking dead aim at the ol' bastions of tradition, New York and Boston:

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In L.A., stress is not a requirement for attending games. In N.Y., there's the subway crowds and old, dumpy ballparks. In Boston, a bank loan is needed to purchase tickets to sit in tiny, cramped seats where you may or may not have an obstructed view.