The Giants and Dodgers both appear to be two of the best teams in baseball this season, which adds even more intensity to their historic rivalry. We saw glimpses of that added passion when Los Angeles came to San Francisco and swept a three-game series last week, and there were more while the Giants took three of four at Chavez Ravine this weekend.
Trevor Bauer started it, unveiling his sword celebration after striking out Alex Dickerson during his first start against the Giants in a Dodgers uniform. Then, on Sunday, Mauricio Dubon continued it, performing the same celebration as he crossed home plate after hitting a three-run home run in the first inning off Clayton Kershaw.
"Those guys are having fun and I want to have fun, too," Dubon said to Greg Papa and Randy Winn on "Giants Postgame Live" after the win.
The Giants had plenty of fun Sunday, though they didn't finish off the victory without some typical torture. Afterward, Bauer took to Twitter and griped about what Dubon had done.
"People out here covering an eye after hitting with two eyes open and swording the wrong pitcher y’all fools," Bauer tweeted.
Look, we get it. The Dodgers just lost three in a row at home to their rivals. They're in third place in the division. Bauer didn't pitch in the series, and had to watch Kershaw get hammered in the finale. Things are a little stressful in LA right now.
But, sorry, Bauer, you gotta let Dubon have this one.
His homer clinched the Giants' first-ever three-run first inning against Kershaw, and of his 11 career home runs, two have come off Kershaw and both have hit the left-field foul pole at Dodgers Stadium. He got San Francisco off to a great start in what amounted to a statement victory and series win, so he can do all the sword celebrations he wants.
The Giants and Dodgers still play 12 more times, so expect to see plenty more back and forth between the teams this season.