The Greatest Rivalry in North American Sports: The Red Sox & Yankees

Signature SportsCorrespondent IJanuary 9, 2009

Written by Signature Sports member Razor.


Red Sox and Yankees. Babe Ruth is a good place to start. I'd just like to state that both clubs had housed Babe Ruth, who is the best and most known baseball player of all time.

So you know, same old stuff, 1919, the Red Sox traded several players to the New York Yankees, most notably Babe Ruth. I'd like to thank Harry Frazee for selling one of the best players of all time [Babe Ruth] to finance some musical play; however, I'm not going to blame him too much because Ruth was asking for $20,000 a year, which he [Frazee] just couldn't afford and that Ruth was a troublemaker.

To end it at that, Babe Ruth was a huge factor in the birth of this rivalry, especially after the Red Sox crashed into a below .500 winning percentage streak that lasted until 1934, and that the Yankees were emerging with Babe Ruth as their back bone.

Before the trade of Ruth, the Red Sox had a league record of five total World Series victories, but that all came to a change when the Yankees lineup, nicknamed "Murderers Row" had won four World Series, which made it seem like they had not just only traded players, but their rankings on the standings.

Especially now that the Farzee had just kept trading away his players to the Yankees for more and more cash, hence landing the Red Sox in last place, and the Yankees to World Series victories. With all these great players coming in, good season finishes, and money to buy more great players.

From the time Babe Ruth was sold up till the new century, the Yankees had won the World Series an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G 26 times, while over an span of about 85 years, the Red Sox couldn't even get one World Series win.

However, they made it four times, but let up in four games to three, and of course how can we forget possibly the biggest error in baseball, a soft groundball to Bill Buckner, which of course went through his legs. So close to a WS victory, but ends on an error that shouldn't even be happening for 12-year-old players.

2003 ALCS, a bench clearing brawl was brought to the point were ole Don Zimmerman tried to talk it up into Pedro Martinez' face, only to get a mouth full of dirt and grass. Game Seven was just around the corner, and boy did it really shock.

Grady Little decided to keep Martinez in the game, after he was noticeably starting to wear down, letting runners on base. Aaron Boone, who had been hitting below .200 in the post season had nailed a bomb to end the series, Yankees win.

Then, of course, one of the most memorable playoff series ever, 2004, ALCS, Red Sox down three games to none against the Yankees, and yet through the bloody socks, the Red Sox pulled a huge win, which would end baseballs third longest World Series drought.

Is it safe to wear Red Sox gear in New York, or Yankees gear in Massachusetts? Well, I'm not 100 percent sure about that. When you get to the point were opposing fans are getting beaten up by the other teams fans for wearing the apparel just really brings it over the line.

Speaking of apparel, how about that rumor of a David Ortiz jersey in the concrete at the new Yankee Stadium. Yeah, I guess the Yankees were trying to not cause injuries, from what they said, and to be nice they donated the shirt to the Jimmy Fund?

Nice try Yanks, but seriously, we've all seen what has happened between these two teams over the years, and who knows, maybe if that guy never told the media about the shirt, the curse could of been on you? I can see it now, "The Curse of the Big Papi."