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BOSTON - APRIL 25: Mike Lowell #25 of the Boston Red Sox hits a throw run home run celebrates teammates Jason Bay #44 and Kevin Youkilis #20 against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park, April 25, 2009, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Joe HuberCorrespondent IApril 27, 2009

So many people complain about the coverage given to Tiger Woods at a golf outing, but there's a reason he is placed at the front of the television coverage.

He makes people watch.  But that's not what I want to talk about.  I want to talk Red Sox-Yankees.  Yankees-Red Sox.

Pinstripes and clean shaven versus pure white and scraggly beards.

Yankees Universe and Red Sox Nation.

Evil Empire and the slightly-less-Evil Empire.

The nod to Tiger was because what he does to the sport of golf, THE rivalry does for the sport of baseball.  New York and Boston draw more ratings than Cubs-Cardinals, more viewers than Twins-White Sox-Indians (although it is interesting the hatred triangle these teams have), and that's why whenever they play a series it's usually on TV.

I'm not here to say that they have the best rivalry in all of sports, that distinction belongs to Ohio State-Michigan, but I am here to say that when it comes to summer, and baseball, nothing is more entertaining than the Yankees and Red Sox.  Nothing.

In years past it's been all Yankees really.  Bucky "bleeping" Dent.  Aaron "bleeping" Boone.  We Red Sox fans are just generally looking for a reason to curse.

But the curse was lifted, and now it's the Sawks chance to turn in the great performances.

It started in 2004 with the greatest comeback in sports history.  Last year it was the improbable 6-7 comeback win.

Then this series comes along.  This three game series to cap a wicked long home stand.

It was Friday night when Kevin Youkilis hitting a walk off homer in the 11th.  And on Saturday it was a shoot out that had the Yankees up 6-0 and losing 11-16.  When these teams meet, fans win.

And when Jacoby Ellsbury steals home, straight up, we all watched.  If not Sunday night, then Monday morning at work you surely watched Ellsbury swipe the last possible bag.

And maybe you were the one saying "why is it always those Eastern seaboard teams?"

This series was the reason why they're always on.

The players always step up and manage to deliver.

So next time you're sitting around and the Yankees are taking on the Red Sox, and you're wondering why that Nationals-Rockies game isn't on, go watch Ellsbury steal home again.

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