Red Sox vs Yankees
One of America’s most famous rivalries in sports history is between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. The love hate relationship between both teams started in 1901, every year since the leading question of all sports is who is the better team, the Red Sox or Yankees? Both teams are always going to be known as the best baseball teams in history, but the teams are very different in many ways. The Red Sox are a team based in the New England area, they play at a beautiful historic ballpark, and are known to have a solid Playoff history. The Yankees are a worldwide known team that has an amazing number of World Series championships.
The New York Yankees are the most successful team in Major League Baseball (MLB). They lead the MLB with 27 World Series Championships, 18 Division titles, and 40 American League pennants. Recently, they have been struggling to make the playoffs, unlike the Red Sox. In 2004, the Red Sox broke the “Curse of the Bambino” by winning the World Series. It didn’t come easy, they rallied back from a 3–0 deficit to win! “No team had ever overcome such a series deficit. The Red Sox won another World Series in 2007. It seemed that the Yankees weren’t the record breaking team anymore until 2009 when they won another World Series. In 2013 Boston came back from being the worst team in the league to winning their latest World Series. In a span of 10 years the Red Sox won three World Series which is better than the Yankees have done in recent years.
The 2016 season of the Red Sox was a very impressive season. They had a winning record of 93 wins and only 61 losses. That was the best in the American league East. The New York Yankees had a poor season of 84 wins and 78 losses, they were in second to last place. The Boston Red Sox had David Ortiz, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Mookie Betts, Steven Wright and Craig Kimbrel. This is the third time in Red Sox history that they had four starters at the All-Star Game and first since 2005. The Yankees only had 3 players.
Some of the greatest NYY players that sparked the rivalry have retired, including Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter. The greatest Red Sox player, David Ortiz also retired after a great season in 2016. He is, in my opinion the greatest baseball player in history. With the 2017 season upon us, the rivalry will be starting to see who will win this years match up. The Red Sox have many young players that will be rising to the all star level. Most of the players are only in their early 20s and already they have achieved some of the greatest records in the AL East 2016 season. While David Ortiz is enjoying his retirement the Red Sox will strive to have a winning season. The Yankees also have young and expensive players, but they do not have the skills. They no longer have the space available in their budget to add any highly experienced players. The Red Sox still have strong veterans like Dustin Pedroia Pablo Sandoval, David Price, Steven Wright and Hanley Ramirez.
The love hate relationship between both teams started in 1901 and continues to this day. The Red Sox are more respectable than the Yankees. Although the Yankees do lead in World Series wins, the Red Sox will always be the better team to me.