Lost in the tenacity of what is sometimes a zero-sum rivalry, we must note that these past couple of weeks have brought good things to both of our respective teams. Dustin Pedroia wins the Rookie of the Year. Curt Schilling returns to Boston for fewer dollars than he could have gotten on the open market. The Sox’ ownership ponies up $12M+ per year and gets their World Series MVP and fan favorite Mike Lowell to (if you believe the reporting) shun a four year deal elsewhere and return to the fold. Jorge Posada quickly re-signs with the only team he’s ever known. Alex Rodriguez comes back to the table without his agent and not only hammers out a deal with the Yankees but wins an MVP trophy during the negotiations. Mariano Rivera appears to be heading back to the Bronx, which feels, even to this Sox fan, right. Neither team has traded their young stars-in-the-making while filling needs for 2008 and beyond.
No one-upsmanship. No name-calling. Just a hot stove with (dare we say it?) some good old-fashioned warmth.