New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox Everyone knows or has heard about the much heated and hated rivalry between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees Red Sox rivalry is one of the sports worlds greatest of all times. This rivalry has been going on for over 100 yrs. Some would say that it all started when the Red Sox sold then superstar George “Babe” Ruth to the Yankees; when he was added to the Yankees’ line up it became known as “Murderers’ Row” with the likes of Low Gehrig, Mark Koenig, Tony Lazzeri and Earle Combs (Wikipedia. org). Similarities: 1.
Both won World Series, Boston 7, and New York 27 2. Both have great players: Boston: Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, David Ortiz and Carlton Fisk, Rodger Clemens, Curt Schilling, and Pedro Martinez New York: Babe Ruth, Wade Boggs, Reggie Jackson, Dave Winfield, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Marino Rivera, Roger Clemens, Andy Petite 3. Both teams make decisions that will help them win and beat the other team. 4. Both have won AL Pennants Boston 12 New York 40 Rough Draft: One of the most intense, fierce and oldest rivalry in sports is the one between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.
This rivalry is over 100 yrs old. Some would say that it all started in the 1920’s when the Red Sox sold George “Babe” Ruth to the Yankees. His addition to the Yankees line up made it one if not the best in the league at that time; known as “Murderers Row” it included the likes of Lou Gehrig, Mark Koenig, Tony Lazzeri, and Earle Combs. Between both teams they have won over 30 World Series titles and over 50 AL Pennants. Both teams have made an impact on the sport especially when it comes to playing each other, their games are some of the highest viewed on TV, and anticipated of all sports.
They influence the outcomes for post season play until recently, you could always count on those two teams playing each other for the AL Title and a spot in the World Series. In the early days of the MLB the Red Sox were one of the most dominate teams, winning the AL pennants in 1903, 1904, 1912, 1915, 1916 and 1918; totaling 12 AL pennants. They also won the World Series in 1903,1912,1915,1916 and 1918; totaling 7 World Series Championships which also includes two in the modern era 2004 and 2007.
The Yankees began their dominance in the 1920’s with winning their first of 40 AL Pennants in 1921, they have won at least one AL pennant in all the decades since then; and have won their first world series in 1923; which is a total of 27 World Series Championships. Both teams have had a number of Hall of Fame players on their roster, Boston had players such as Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Wade Boggs, Car Yastrzemski, Carlton Fisk, Jim Rice, Fred Lynn, David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling, Pedro Martinez, Kevin Youkilis, Jonathan Papelbon, and Josh Beckett just to name a few of the all time greats.
While the Yankees had their fair share of Hall of Fame players as well: Reggie Jackson, Babe Ruth, Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Low Gehrig, Derek Jeter, Roger Clemens, Jim “Catfish” Hunter, David Cone, Andy Petite, Mariano Rivera, Bernie Williams, Paul O’Neal, Dave Winfield, Bucky Dent, Greg Nettles, Willie Randolph just to name a few. As you can tell they also had their share of players that played for both teams. The most famous of all, and some would say the start of the rivalry was Babe Ruth, some would say that when the Red Sox gave Babe Ruth to the Yankees, it was the beginning of the end for them.
Better known as the Curse of the Bambino; that is when the Red Sox started they winless streak against the Yankees and their dominance in the AL pennant and World Series race. Other players that have played for both teams were: Wade Boggs, Johnny Damon and Roger Clemens. All three have had impacts on the games outcomes between them. Both General Managers and owners were not afraid to spend the money on players that will help them beat each other, and make it through the season and on to the post season and win the World Series. Mark Teixeira signed a contract for $180 million for 8 yrs.
Alex Rodriguez also has a contract for over $150 million over a 6 yr period. So as you can see the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox rivalry has turned out to be one of the most intense in the entire sports world. There have some intense and physical fights between the two teams, from Pedro Martinez throwing down then assistant manager Don Zimmerman, to Roger Clemens fighting Manny Ramirez after being hit by a pitch. This rivalry is what makes sports interesting and shows you the pride that these players have in their team’s history and future. As a fan of the Yankees, I enjoy every game that I watch between these two teams.