Thursday, August 6, 2009

Rivalry Renewed

Yanks versus Sox. It just has a certain ring to it, doesn't it?

Tonight one of the best, if not THEE best, rivalries in sports, heats up. The Boston Red Sox travel to the Bronx to take on the New York Yankees in a four (even better than three!) game series.

Ya, I know they play each other multiple times during the year, but, for the first time in several years, this series means something with the Yankees just 2.5 games ahead of the Sox in the AL East standings.

It should be fun to see how the series plays out over the weekend, and exactly how much influence it has on the standings at the end of the year.

Sure, there are other great rivalries in sports: Packers/Bears, Canadiens/Leafs, Lakers/Celtics...but to me, Yanks/Sox takes the cake.

The two teams have had many blowups over the years (the incident in which Pedro Martinez threw down 115 year old Don Zimmer after Zim charged out of the dugout at Pedro is legendary) but the following compilation remains one of my favourite Yanks/Sox throwndowns (made even more exciting because I was watching it all unfold live on the tube):

Batter up!



  1. It is a shame we still don't have another baseball rivalry as big to worry about like Yanks and Sox - the Jays vs. Expos would have been there by now...haha...

    I think that some of the best rivalries are acutally in college sports. There is nothing like FSU/Florida, Michigan/Ohio St, Army/Navy or the red river shoot-out between Oklahoma and Texas.

  2. Good point BLT.
    The colleges are steeped in history and the rivalries usually have a great geographic connection.
    I'm not a big follower of college sports so I defer to you on that topic!