It is regarded as the best rivalry in all of baseball and one of the best in all of sports. It has many moments starting with the Babe Ruth trade in 1919 to Bucky Dent home run in 1978 and the back-to-back exciting ALCS in 2003 and 2oo4 where the impossible happened. Today, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox rivalry just does not have the excitement it used to bring.
Granted, not every rivalry can stay at the top of the game forever as teams are not to be successful every season. As they open up a weekend series tonight, the teams lie in third and fourth place in the AL East. That’s something fans of baseball are not typically saying. For over a decade the teams were known for finishing in first and second, and since 2009, MLB has not seen a postseason with both teams playing baseball in October.
Fans and media are always excited for the series. After all, it is still regarded the best rivalry in baseball and fans will not miss the chance to see their favorite team play their most hated team. There is hope that another defining moment will be made in the rivalry with every meeting. Fans could be even be hopeful that this series could turn one of their seasons around as they look to get back to where they are capable of playing.
The tension just is not there. The anxiety from first pitch to last pitch is no longer there. It could have to do with a handful of things: players, management, front office, playoff race. Who knows what it could be? One of the first things to bring back excitement is bringing back the feeling of playing for division rights, not to keep out of the division cellar. As the picture of the rivalry continues to change, it will be interesting to see when the excitement level and winning atmosphere is back for another long period of time.