New York Yankees: Rivalry with Boston Red Sox is back


Even though the Boston Red Sox took two out of three games from the New York Yankees this weekend, in sports you are only as good as your last game.

The Yankees finished the weekend with a 14-4 bombing on Sunday Night Baseball. The scores of the games were important just like any other, however the significance of this series is the important fact that, the rivalry is back.

Last season the Yankees and Red Sox found themselves in the shadows of the American League East. The Division they notoriously fight each other for towards the beginning of October.  With the Yankees being absent of the playoffs last couple years, the hype to see a Red Sox/Yankee game is just not as high as past years.

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Coming into this season the Red Sox went on a west coast shopping spree, picking up All-Star Hanley Ramirez from the Los Angeles Dodgers, and recent World Series champion Pablo Sandoval from the San Francisco Giants.  Securing their bats was a priority in the offseason.

The Yankees have, and continue to work towards a life after Derek Jeter. The Yankees have been shifting the infield around to try new things, even placing Alex Rodriguez at first base which surprised many people including Rodriguez himself.

The first game they played, they couldn’t get enough of each other sending the game into 19 innings, the longest in the history of the rivalry. The game ended in favor of the Red Sox, however the whole world had a moment of clarity knowing the rivalry has been resurrected.  The Yankees the last couple years seemed to be on life support.

The next game took place during the day and each team obviously was short on rest seeing as they ended the last game literally first thing in the morning. Manager Joe Girardi decided to put in his “B team” due to a thin line up. An 8-4 loss was result of a passed curfew.

There are shades of Grey the Yankees can take from this series lost. They did end the series with a bigger margin of victory then the past 2 defeats combined. Ace Masahiro Tanaka got the win, which is crucial to him having a resilient year after his season was cut short last year due to injury.

Obviously the Yankees intended to win all three this weekend, however you do learn more from losing, hopefully they learn from the weekend. The world however did learn that, with 19 innings and 14 runs in prime time, Sweet Caroline, Start spreading the news, The Yankees and Red Sox Rivalry is back.

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