By: Tom Cloutier
Nothing gets my juices flowing quite like the thought of a renewed rivalry between the Red Sox and Yankees. It’s the greatest rivalry in the history of sports, possibly the history of the world... or at least it used to be.
The pinnacle of the clash of the titans was the build up to Boston’s curse breaking World Series victory. A key figure in that era of the rivarly, if only for one moment, was the now-Yankees new manager. Aaron Fucking Boone is one of the most hated individuals in this storied rivalry. Only he and Bucky Fucking Dent share the distinct honor of earning an expletive as their middle name. Not even A-Rod could do that. Just a few games before Boone’s soul crushing game seven homerun on a Wakefield knuckleball that didn’t knuckle, the rivalry reached a boiling point. It began with Pedro Martinez throwing behind the head of Karim Garcia. Manny Ramirez, looking for any opportunity to fight, started jawing at Clemens after he left a fastball high. Things escalated quickly and ended with Martinez throwing 72-year-old Yankees bench coach, Don Zimmer, to the ground.
The Boone homerun, though a painful memory was healed the following year after the Red sox pulled off the greatest comeback in sports history. Ever since that momentous achievement, the rivalry has never had the same bite. The Red Sox had always been the scrappy underdog, juxtaposed against the Yankees tradition of unrivaled success. Once the Red Sox finally reclaimed a title of their own, and doubled up a few years later, nothing was the same.
For the first time in nearly a decade, however, both teams are actually good. A rivalry can’t flourish when one team leads the league and the other is in the basement. A good rivalry needs some give and take, yin and yang. Even though the Red Sox got the last laugh, Boone’s homer still leaves a scar. Now he is the puppet leader of the Evil Empire (we all know Cashman pulls the strings). All I want is the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry of old. Back when Cy Young award winners were tossing elderly opposing coaches on the ground…Ahh, the good old days.
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