Throughout the history of sports, there has been rivalries that stand the test of time. Duke vs. UNC basketball, Army vs. Navy football, Celtics vs. Lakers, and Frazier vs. Ali. Then there is the Boston Red Sox vs. the New York Yankees, a rivalry like no other! How did these two teams go from baseball pioneers to the ultra-competitive battle between two greats?
In order to establish a rivalry, there has to be a beginning. Flashback all the way to 1919. The then Red Sox owner Harry Frazee, was in desperate need of money, and so began the curse of the great Bambino. As we all know Babe Ruth was sold to the Yankees for $125,000. After that, the two teams had seemingly opposite fates.
The Red Sox would go on to play in the world series only 4 times before their 2004 championship, losing them all. On the other hand, the Yankees would go on to win 26 championships through the year 2000. Now for the year 2003, the two teams are in a heated pennant race that would meet in the 2003 ALCS. A man by the name of Aaron Boone would devastate Red Sox nation, but not for long. He hit a walk off home run off pitcher Tim Wakefield in the Bronx.
2004: Alex Rodriguez got hit by a pitch by then Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo, while exchanging words with the pitcher, Jason Varitek and A-Rod ended up starting the most famous brawl in our generation. Both benches clear, and “The Brawl” insinuates. The fury between them went all the way to the 2004 ALCS. While down in the series 3-0, the Red Sox came back to win the series, sweeping the last 4 games to comeback. This was the first time in MLB history that a team came back in a series in which they were down 3-0. The Red Sox went onto face the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series and beat them to become World Champs.
2017: With both teams fighting for playoff contention, what will the rivalry have in store for us? With All Stars like Aaron Judge, Mookie Betts, Chris Sale, Gary Sanchez, and Craig Kimbrel; there is no telling what we could see for years to come!