Nothing may ever compare to the rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. It may very well be the most thrilling rivalry sports has ever seen. At the height of it, it was a never ending, blood-boiling battle each and every series. However, it may have arguably reached its peak during the 2003-2005 seasons. The two teams met in the ALCS two years in a row (03-04) and were two most relevant teams in baseball during those years.
Besides a few scuffles between Kevin Youkilis and Joba Chamberlain, some “boos” for Alex Rodriguez and a notable Johnny Damon betrayal, this rivalry has been quiet for the last 10 years. The two teams have yet to meet in the playoffs since 2004. This may be due to the Tampa Bay Rays‘ ascendance and multiple poor seasons for both the Red Sox and Yankees. Not to mention the stakes aren’t as high as they used to be.
After being in the valley the last few years, the rivalry may finally be renewed in 2014. It will never be quite like 2003-2005, but it may be the best it has been in the last decade.
First of all, the Red Sox are coming off a World Series Championship, their third in the last 10 years. This makes Boston more hate-able than ever. The Yankees used to be the Empire, and it’s obvious they want that prestige back after spending half-a-billion dollars this offseason.
New York has the determination to claim the AL East once again, and they have former Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. It is not the same as the Johnny Damon departure, but seeing a former Sox player in pinstripes it is still a tough pill to swallow. This signing will add a little heat to the Yankees-Sox battle this weekend.
Don’t forget about these teams’ new catchers. Brian McCann and A.J. Pierzynski are both two of the stronger personalities in baseball. They are two of the most hated, to say the least. These two catchers will bring a new element that will surely fuel the rivalry once again. What do you think is going to happen if David Ortiz hits a bomb over the short porch and takes a moment in the batter’s box to watch and admire it? History has proven that McCann is not a big fan of those antics.
For the sake of baseball and the pure entertainment of the game, hopefully this is the year the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry heats up again. We all miss those 2003-2005 days and we may never get a taste of anything like it again, but 2014 may be an exhilarating season between the Red Sox and Yankees.