Yankees still bane of Red Sox existence despite World Series title

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 31: Boston Red Sox Manager Alex Cora holds the World Series trophy during the 2018 World Series victory parade on October 31, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 31: Boston Red Sox Manager Alex Cora holds the World Series trophy during the 2018 World Series victory parade on October 31, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) /
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Despite beating the Dodgers to win the World Series, Red Sox manager Alex Cora echoed the sentiments of supporters of his club, jeering the Yankees during Wednesday’s victory parade because… insecurity.

One would think after beating the 100-win Yankees, 103-win Astros and NL Champion Dodgers to secure a World Series title, that the Red Sox would be on top of the world — unflinching about any other single MLB franchise.

But no, that wouldn’t be the Boston way.

Instead, within mere moments of securing their fourth championship since 2004, Sawx fans still inside Dodger Stadium began a chanting, “Yankees Suck. Yankees Suck.”

Wait a minute. Nearly three weeks and two full postseason rounds of baseball had passed since the Red Sox beat the Yankees in Game 4 of the ALDS. However, instead of reveling in the immortality of watching one of the most successful teams of all-time, Red Sox fans decided now would be a good time to jeer the Bombers?

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That makes about as much sense as Dodgers manager Dave Roberts’ use of his bullpen during the playoffs.

I’m well aware that Yanks/Sox is one of the biggest rivalries in all of professional sports. And no, it didn’t help that Aaron Judge trolled Boston on his way out of Fenway Park following Game 2 of the ALDS. But the Sox already got their payback, playing the Yankees iconic postgame victory anthem, “New York, New York,” following the completion of the division series as they triumphantly popped bubbly in the Bronx.

You, Red Sox fans, won. Your team showed the baseball world that in 2018 you were indeed the best. But unfortunately, even your first-year manager Alex Cora failed to show any real class.

During Boston’s World Series victory parade, Cora threw more shade than Chris Sale’s enormous belly button ring, New York’s way. As reported on by the New York Post, Cora had this to say to the paradegoers. 

"“The sky was falling and we lost Game 2 and there was panic in here,” Cora said in Boston. “Everybody was like, ‘Woah. It’s over.’“We score 16 at Yankee Stadium. Suck on it.”"

Cora was referring to the 16-1 beatdown his club handed the Yanks in Game 3 that Aaron Boone and company were never able to recover from.

As a Yankees fan, I can’t say I’m all that surprised by the Sawx’s saltiness. After all, if you win a championship and don’t drag the Yankees’ name through the mud, did you win a championship at all?

Be it because of Babe Ruth, Bucky Dent, Aaron Boone or Derek Jeter; the Bombers will forever be stuck in the craw of this small-minded team from Massachusetts. It’s sad, but there’s no point in crying over spilled milk.

The Yanks should merely use this rhetoric as motivation in 2019. As a Yankee club official recently told The New York Times, the Sox will always use the 27-time champs as a measuring stick.

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"“They had a terrific season,” said one Yankees official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity so as not to further stoke the rivalry. “It just shows how we are in their psyche. No matter what they do, they always compare themselves to the big boys down south.”"

I guess we should take it as a compliment.