The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox rivalry has been called the greatest rivalry in sports. This week, reports festered that show the animosity may be starting again, even though the regular season hasn’t.
You would think that Red Sox fans would be spending their time celebrating their recent championship. But instead, they are reportedly chattering that the Yankees threw away money when they signed Jacoby Ellsbury.
When Ellsbury was scratched from the Yankees lineup earlier in the week, some Sox fans quickly remarked on the internet that Ellsbury simply won’t be around enough to pay the Yankees dividends on their investment. Worse yet, they even seemed pleased at their assessment that the Yankees will ultimately regret it.
Well, this is just another example of Boston’s ridiculous scorn when another top player or manager jilts them for the Yankees. They just can’t seem to stomach it when one of their own finds success in pinstripes.
Whether it is Ryan Dempster throwing at Alex Rodriguez, or simply picking on a helpless Don Zimmer, some Boston fans just can’t stand it. A-Rod, you remember, was almost traded to Boston. Zimmer was an old man at the time of the brawl.
Alright, there were other factors in the A-Rod situation. And Zimmer didn’t exactly shy away from the confrontation, but that’s beside the point. For the record, it is Red Sox fans who are stirring the pot. But why? Is it because they couldn’t handle getting beat by the Yankees this week in two meaningless spring training games?
Or, maybe it’s because there have been so many who have left Boston for the Bronx. Starting of course with Babe Ruth, the list includes Roger Clemens, Johnny Damon and now Ellsbury. The Yankees have benefited from so many former Red Sox, that they may wish to consider claiming Boston as a Triple-A affiliate.
Now, of course, Ruth didn’t come of his own volition. But he certainly chose to stay for a long time, didn’t he?
Oh, and by the way, the Yankees are covered anyway. That’s because Brett Gardner offers everything that Ellsbury does minus a few points in batting average.
Let’s face it, what’s really eating some Red Sox fans are the facts. The Yankees have won 27 World Championships to Boston’s meager 8. The Yankees hold the edge in regular season meetings, 1,151 to 972. And the Yankees hold the record for the most lop-sided victory, 22-1 on June 19, 2000.
In fact, even The Boston Tea Party would have been irrelevant if it were not for the singing of Yankee Doodle Dandy.