The ocean of blue around town (nope, not the *actual* ocean of blue, like, the Pacific) means just one thing: the Dodgers are battling for October greatness. And while some among us have memorized stats up the wazoo, other Angelenos simply like the peanuts and the beer and the brats and the shouting of "hey batter batter" while chumming around with friendly, yell-y bar patrons they just met.
Probably, though, like 90 percent of us are part stats, part brats. We're just guessing.
So, where to go to watch our men in cleats battle it out this weekend? Bet your last mustard-slathered pretzel that just about every bar and restaurant television in the city will be tuned in and turned up loud.
Citysearch pitches bars and eateries near Dodger Stadium, but since the next two games are away the traffic on the 110 come game night should be slightly less epic. We also liked Gridskipper's take on great baseball bars from a few seasons back. And Yelp is on the case with classic venues like The Short Stop and The Roost.
Where we're headed, most likely: Yankee Doodles in Santa Monica. Lots of Dodgers action, lots of football action, and Oktoberfest specials to boot. And, just a few minutes drive away: Busby's. Take a foosball break during commercials, or hit the pool tables.
But whether you're going to the games or your corner bar, best find a friend who can paint a big "D" on your face pronto.