These are baseball's best and most classic rivalries. These are the best of the best. However, there are few that receive honorable mention.
Cubs—Brewers has been shaping up to be a nice rivalry ever since Milwaukee joined the National League Central.
Astros—Rangers is another nice interstate match up— The Battle for the Silver Boot, Yeehaw!
Reds—Indians: The battle for the Buckeye State always provides a nice showdown between the two clubs from Ohio.
Orioles—Nationals: While this is fairly new, there's nothing like a little friendly competition in our Nation's capital.
The Battle of the Freeway Series.
The Dodgers have been L.A.'s team since the late '50s. This battle for So Cal Supremacy became a little more interesting after the Angels attached Los Angeles to their name.
These two flat out do not like each other, players or fans. They've talked a lot of trash between the two of them the past few seasons.
The last few years, the Phillies have topped the Mets, and last year, they took it one step further by winning the World Series.
Battle for the Bay.
There's nothing like a good cross-town battle. It's always a good match up.
The Red Line Series.
The Chicago L's Red Line is the only thing these two fan bases have in common. Out of all the inter-city rivalries in baseball, this one has to be the most intense.
Amazingly, the series is tied at 30 wins a piece for each club. The Sox took the upper hand with a World Series championship in 2005.
The other Subway Series.
Mets fans must love beating the Yankees for the simple fact that they live in the shadow of 26 World Championships. Reminds me of a younger sibling who has to listen about how great big brother or sister is for their entire life.
The Battle for I-55.
This has been a mostly civil rivalry, but there are always a few idiots here and there. Until the Cubs win a World Series, they will have to put up with the Cardinal fans.
The battle of SoCal vs. NoCal.
You want to talk about intense, these two fan bases flat out do not like each other. Their history, of course, goes much deeper than their California days. These two were battling it out back in the day when they were both still in New York.
It would be interesting to see what it would be like if they were still there.
This picture says it all.
These two have had some epic battles in the past, and for the better part of this rivalry, the Yankees always seemed to be the one who crushed the Red Sox hopes. Bucky Dent and Aaron Boone, just to name a few players.
But in 2004, the Red Sox seemed to take this approach of we're not going to take the Yankees crap anymore. The BoSox have won two World Series since that time, while the Yankees continue the hunt for their first this century.
This rivalry is, without question, the most intense of them all, with so much passion, heart, and energy between these two.