More than a month into the 2022 Major League Baseball season, some East Coast/West Coast history is being made.

Both New York teams -- the Mets and Yankees -- and both Los Angeles teams -- the Angels and Dodgers -- are on pace to win 100-plus games. But even more historic: All four teams are in first place in their respective divisions -- the first time that has happened in MLB history.

So which metropolis is better for baseball right now? Setting aside the technicality that the Angels are located not in L.A. but in nearby Anaheim -- reminder: the NFL's New York Giants and Jets both play in the neighboring state of New Jersey, so this is hardly egregious on the grand scale -- we asked two ESPN baseball experts, West Coast-based Alden Gonzalez and East Coast-based Joon Lee, to present arguments both tongue-in-cheek and totally serious for their home bases in this tale of two cities.

So which MLB town would you take today: L.A. or NYC?

 

Which city currently has the best baseball atmosphere?

Alden Gonzalez on why it's L.A.: A question to all of those who get on Dodgers fans for their perpetual tardiness: Have you ever tried to drive into Dodger Stadium leading up to first pitch? That's traffic. And it's not as if there's some subway you can take to get there, either. By the middle innings of practically every home game, on any night, that place is packed and loud. And when it gets especially tense, particularly in October, you can feel the building shake. It is a truly unique atmosphere, and I say that as someone who has visited all 30 active ballparks. The Dodgers led the major leagues in attendance every year from 2013 to 2019, annually topping 3.7 million fans. The Angels sold at least 3 million tickets for 17 straight years leading up to the fan-less, COVID-19-shortened 2020 season. One of their new relievers, Archie Bradley, recently wondered if Angels fans might be "the best-kept secret in baseball."Joon Lee on why it's NYC: Alden's use of traffic to excuse the tardiness of fans on the West Coast is not just an argument for why the fans at both New York stadiums exceed Los Angeles, but why it's a better place to live as well. The subways certainly aren't perfect, but they will get you to both stadiums without the need to pay exorbitant fees for parking. Citi Field is loud and passionate on a nightly basis and is one of the most joyful places to watch a sporting event -- especially when the Mets are going well. The vibe at the new Yankee Stadium certainly isn't the same as what it used to be at the old Stadium, but the team's fan base is among the rowdiest in baseball on a nightly basis, featuring the roll call at the start of every game that sets the tone.

Joon Lee on why it's NYC: Alden's use of traffic to excuse the tardiness of fans on the West Coast is not just an argument for why the fans at both New York stadiums exceed Los Angeles, but why it's a better place to live as well. The subways certainly aren't perfect, but they will get you to both stadiums without the need to pay exorbitant fees for parking. Citi Field is loud and passionate on a nightly basis and is one of the most joyful places to watch a sporting event -- especially when the Mets are going well. The vibe at the new Yankee Stadium certainly isn't the same as what it used to be at the old Stadium, but the team's fan base is among the rowdiest in baseball on a nightly basis, featuring the roll call at the start of every game that sets the tone.