The Return of the Rivalry
It is one of the most famous rivalry in sports — Red Sox™ vs. Yankees™. With almost a century of history and bad blood between the two clubs, it is a story that Red Sox™ and Yankees™ fans alike have grown up with. The rivalry has had it all: bench clearing brawls, dramatic extra inning comeback wins, and seasons ending with World Series titles for both clubs.
The Red Sox™ 2004 World Series win was one of the greatest moments in sports history. The team became the first to come back from a 3–0 deficit in a seven-game series. They beat the Yankees, won the AL Championship series, and then went on to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals™ in the World Series, finally breaking the Curse of the Bambino.
The Red Sox™ and Yankees™ fans seem to agree about one thing, the rivalry hasn’t been the same since that series. The teams haven’t been championship contenders at the same time. The fans remember the two clubs meeting in meaningful games late in the season or in the playoffs during the 1970s, late 1990s, and early 2000s, but the games in recent years haven’t been as high stakes.
The players that made the rivalry so intense in the 1970s are long retired and now so are Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz, and many more from that era. The players on each club don’t have as much hatred towards each other now as they once did, and neither do the fans However, 2018 could be the year that changes all of this.
2018 is the first time in recent years where both teams are stacked with talent and are two of the championship favorites. In April we already had a bench clearing brawl between the two clubs when Tyler Austin charged Joe Kelly on the mound. While the Red Sox™ just wrapped up a four game sweep of the Yankees™, the series certainly wasn’t without drama.
Game one looked like it could be a close one until the Red Sox™ erupted for eight runs in the fourth inning, routing the Yankees™ 15 - 7. Game two started off with a bang when Rick Porcello hit lead off man, Brett Gardner. When Louis Severino retaliated and threw a pitch around Mookie Betts’ head, Alex Cora got involved and got ejected. But the Red Sox again got the better of the Yankees (4-1) thanks to Rick Porcello’s brilliant one hit 9 inning performance. The game on Saturday also led to a Red Sox™ win when newly acquired starter, Nathan Eovaldi dominated going eight innings and allowed three hits and no runs. On Sunday it looked like the Yankees™ were going to avoid the sweep up 4 - 1 in the 9th inning. The Yankees sent out closer, Aroldis Chapman, who had completed 22 saves in a row, to the mound. However Chapman walked two men, the infield made an costly error, and the Red Sox™ tied the game 4 - 4. The Red Sox™ walked off in the 10th thanks to an Andrew Benintendi single.
The Yankees™could have left Boston only 1.5 games back of the Red Sox™ in the AL East if things had gone the other way, instead, they leave 9.5 games back. Although the Yankees faltered in Boston, many still believe they’ll still have the best lineup in baseball once Aaron Judge returns. Even if the two clubs don’t clash in the playoffs this year, there’s plenty of time Both teams are loaded with young talent, big bats, and good pitching. They are both poised to be good for a very long time and will hopefully give us more of the passionate rivalry we have come to love.