There are hardly two more storied franchises in all of sports history than the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers. That history was on full display during a heated skirmish on Twitter.
It seems the Yankees' Twitter account just couldn't wait for the team to take the field against one of the Yanks' greatest rivals. The two teams have met 11 times in the World Series, with the last one taking place in 1981.
@Dodgers Oh yeah, 1981. We've only won 5 championships since.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 18, 2013
The Yankees seemed to get things started, with the Dodgers firing back. Of course, as tends to be the case, the Yankees went "scoreboard" on the franchise that once resided in Brooklyn.
However, I have to say the Dodgers did well by using Vin Scully as ammo, because there isn't a better broadcaster in baseball.
Fans and players alike are amped to reinvigorate a dormant rivalry, so we understand that the Yankees' Twitter feed fired off a couple more tweets, one of which used the hashtag #Dropthemic:
Welcome home, icon. pic.twitter.com/BaIadBjjg2— New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 18, 2013
The dust has finally settled on a brief battle that took place before a beautiful baseball war starting on Tuesday night. Still, there are so many questions that need to be answered.
Will Don Mattingly get applause from his former home crowd? Will Yasiel Puig continue his hot start in New York? Will either team come away from the series without any injuries?
It's obvious both franchises differ in the amounts of success they've had since they last met in the World Series. The current season has been an extreme case of a tale of two cities, though.
While both have had to go through a great deal of injuries, the Yankees have been far more successful, with solid pitching leading them to a respectable 38-31 record.
As for the Dodgers, not so much.
A superstar roster has been battered and bruised through a humbling season that sees them at the bottom of the NL West. The only bright spot is their Cuban rookie, who continues to dazzle in the field.
And so another chapter of a book we just can't put down gets written. The Dodgers and Yankees reprise their roles as bitter rivals for a rare series that is sure to captivate.
Judging by the response on Twitter, it can't take place soon enough.
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