The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will re-ignite baseball's most historic rivalry this weekend. Unlike the other 127 times they play this year, this series will be special because the two teams will be going old school to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park.
The Red Sox have special events planned throughout the year to honor the legendary stadium, and it all starts on Friday night.
April 20th, 1912 was the date of the first professional game at Fenway, when the Red Sox hosted the then-New York Highlanders. (The New York franchise would adopt the "Yankees" nickname in 1913.)
On that day, the Red Sox defeated the Highlanders 7-6 in 11 innings. Considering the pace of the games these two teams play today, it would not be surprising if that one lasted around six hours.
Friday, the two teams will not only celebrate the centennial of Fenway Park, but honor their rich traditions by wearing the same uniforms they did on that monumental day in Major League Baseball history.
Sure, most of the country is tired of hearing about the Yankees and Red Sox on a near-constant basis, but being able to see these two franchises go back and honor their past while embracing the present and future will give Fenway a unique feel.
You want to know how historic the Yankees are treating this game and ceremony? They will be wearing a different road uniform than their traditional one for the first time in team history.
Considering how strict the Yankees are about their uniforms and appearances, that is actually a bigger deal than you might think.
There are few ballparks in the country that can match Fenway's atmosphere and energy, especially when the Red Sox are winning, but when you bring the Yankees into town and celebrate this stadium it is going to be one of those rare moments where you know something special is happening.
Baseball, more so than any other sport, is built on its rich history and tradition. We have images from the game embedded into our brain—things like Willie Mays' over-the-shoulder-catch in the 1954 World Series or Hank Aaron's 715th home run are still shown hundreds of times throughout the year.
We love the game because of what it has been, the feeling of warmth that you get when you go to a stadium knowing you can see something special on any given day.
The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry has lost some of its appeal in recent years because they play so many times.
But when we are given the spectacle of Fenway Park's 100th anniversary and these two teams turning back the clock to honor the stadium and their own history, it is another moment that we can put in the scrapbook and reflect on with fond memories when the stadium celebrates its bicentennial in 2112.
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