SAN DIEGO — Robert De Niro and Al Pacino have been circling each other as contemporaries for around half a century, often making similar movies but rarely the same one. They only appeared in scenes with one another in 1995’s “Heat,” 2008’s “Righteous Kill” and this year in “The Irishman.”
So consider this the Irishman moment for the Yankees and Dodgers.
They have often been cross-country mirror images, participating in the big-city, upper-market terrain in which you would expect a long history of fighting it out for mega free agents. Just like De Niro and Pacino, they just have not been in many scenes with one another. Maybe for Masahiro Tanaka following the 2013 season, but the Cubs were really more the Yankees’ competition. Perhaps for Tommy John following the 1978 campaign.
It just hasn’t happened all that much.
It is now. They are both breaking from recent austerity when it comes to free agency to bid for Gerrit Cole. This sets up a heavyweight match like the sport has never previously seen, albeit with the Angels and perhaps Giants, Phillies, Rangers and others also in the ring.
In this corner you have the Dodgers, who have spent billions yet…