The Red Sox and Yankees have maintained such a heated rivalry over the years that most sports fans proclaim this battle in particular to be the best in all of athletics. With that being said, when one team manages to win the 2013 World Series and the other doesn’t make the playoffs — there is bound to be some strife between fan bases. This time, it’s the Red Sox with the Commissioner’s Trophy and the folks in New York haven’t seen their team play a playoff game in over a year.
So what does Boston’s most recent title mean for the Joe Girardi-led Yankees?
First and foremost, it puts the Yankee faithful on edge considering the Red Sox had just won 69 games in 2012, yet somehow managed to knock the Yankees out of first place and win the World Series the following season. Yankee Stadium has featured plenty of empty seats over the years, but the last thing New Yorkers want is for the Red Sox increasingly-big bandwagon to evade the Bronx.
All in all; Boston’s eight World Series title has put the rest of the AL East on guard as the supposed “best division is baseball” is now forced to live up to its nickname and dethrone the almighty Red Sox — the Yankees in particular are on the clock.