It’s time to write another chapter in the storied history of the rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Two of the biggest juggernauts in baseball going head-to-head in a playoff series, you can’t ask for much more.
The Red Sox and Yankees haven’t had their rivalry renewed like this in a while since the Yankees went through a small rebuild before Judge, Sanchez and Severino came into their own, and the Red Sox had a couple lull years since their last World Series win in 2013. But now, the stars have aligned.
Some of the best baseball moments ever have happened when these two teams have locked up. Because I wasn’t around to witness it, going past the 90’s is tough for me even though I know there’s history going back all the way to Babe Ruth and the curse of the Bambino, but even in the last 10-15 years, boy has there been some gems.
First, Aaron Boone in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS.
Pedro Martinez throwing old people around like their stuffed animals.
The Red Sox turning around in 2004 and coming back from 3-0 down to beat the Yankees in 7 in the ALCS.
The list goes on and on. Even in recent history this season, the Red Sox and Yankees have had a pair of brawls after Tyler Austin got plunked. No matter what, theres’ definitely fireworks when these two teams meet. Add in the playoffs, and you’ve got the makings of a classic series.
Without these two teams near the top of the ladder, baseball simply isn’t the same. As a Toronto Blue Jays fan in the stacked AL East, I don’t like to see it, but it’s the truth. It’s better for ratings, revenue and the overall brand of Major League Baseball. Even the most casual baseball fan will be invested in this series, just because of the history. I myself was rooting for the Oakland Athletics to take down the Bronx Bombers in the Wild Card game knowing that the Yankees probably would win, and it’s better for the game if they did.
With the first pitch getting underway tonight in Fenway, I’m hoping this series meets the hype, we see some world class baseball, and if there’s an old pitching coach or trainer thrown around after a hit batter, I wouldn’t complain.
Red Sox. Yankees. No matter who wins the series, this is baseball at it’s best.
Just don’t let either team win it all.