Tuesday, May 7, 2013
THINKING ABOUT THE BEST RIVALRY IN BASEBALL
Look, I know many of you are savvy baseball fans. You know the history. You know what sparked it with the sale of Babe Ruth to the Yankees by then Red Sox owner Harry Fareze. The Yankees and Red Sox rivalry is baseball magnified times 1,000. Why? Because it doesn't matter where we are in the standings, you are going to get great baseball when the play each other. The players play on pure adrenaline and really take in the chance of being a part of THE biggest rivalry in sports altogether! They look forward to it and so do we.
Bucky Dent home run back in 1978. They still talk about being down 3 games and coming back to beat us in The House that Ruth built to punch their ticket to the World Series back in 2004.
We bring up Pedro Martinez being left in there late in Game 7 of the ALCS in 2003. We both talk about who actually started the fight between Alex Rodriguez and Jason Varitek. But we won't debate that here. My point is, both sides carry everlasting memories when we meet. I know the old school Yankee fans look back when The Yankee Clipper Joe DiMaggio beat out Ted Williams for AL MVP in 1941 for instance.
Aaron Boone and they have Curt Schilling. Players have worn both uniforms like Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs, Johnny Damon, Ramiro Mendoza, and even John Flaherty.
Jose Contreras? It was then we became known as the "Evil Empire". The Yankees did it to the Red Sox again in February of 2004 when we swooped in and nabbed Alex Rodriguez, and setting the stage to an already heated battle stemming from the 2003 playoffs previous.
(In Photo: Gary Sheffield)
It trickles to the fans getting involved. Chris Chambliss getting a dart thrown at him by a fan in a game at Fenway, do you remember that? How about Gary Sheffield getting his cap almost knocked off by a fan while fielding a ball in rightfield at Fenway? That also resulted in a push and shove between a player and a fan. The altercations between Lou Pinella and Carlton Fisk and Graig Nettles and Bill Lee. All of them happened.
That my friends makes it the greatest rivalry in sports... there ain't nothing better... Go Yanks!