Should auld acquaintance be forgot,And never brought to mind?
These are good times to be a Yanks fan or a Sox fan. May 2007 be another great year in the best rivalry in sports.
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Second. Happy New Year everyone.
Huzzah. Thanks to everyone, YFs and SFs alike, for making 2006 the best year ever for YFSF. Hard to believer we shall soon be entering our fifth season. I can’t wait. Thanks for being with us!
Safe and happy 2007 to everyone on the site!
I can’t wait for the Red Sox/Yankee games this year.
I hope there will be some major basebrawls like the A-Rod/Varitek fight or the Pedro/Don Zimmer throw down.
Let’s get ready to rumble!
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD I NEED SOMETHING, ANYTHING, PLEASE GOD! SOME NUGGET OF NEWS, SOMETHING, ANYTHING!!!!
I CAN’T TAKE THE WAITING FOR PITCHERS AND CATCHERS, I JUST CAN’T TAKE IT!!!!!
Sorry about that, just needed to let that out.
Foulke is in Cleveland for his physical
I’m with you Lockland. I’m expecting word from Yankee camp any day now….
I take issue with calling the “rivalry” between the Yanks and the Sox, “the best rivalry in sports”.
In fact, it’s not even a rivalry because it’s so one-sided. The Yanks have a 1,089 to 907 all time head-to-head advantage against the sox. The Yanks lead in head-to-head postseason series results, 2 to 1, unless you also count 78 and then it’s 3 to 1. The Yanks have 26 world championships to 6 for the Sox, and 39 WS appearances to 9.
My comments will likely be censored because I’m challenging the notion that the teams are somehow EQUAL because the Sox have played the Yanks well over the last 7 years and because of the 2004 comeback in the ALCS. But anyone who wants to cherry pick the last 7 years and find an advantage for the Sox, who’ve won 1 WS to none, better realize that the Sox haven’t even won the division once and the Yanks have won it every single time in that time frame. So I hope that 2001 to 2006 really isn’t the high water mark for Sox fans, or I am laughing at you. And, but for the wild card rule, there wouldn’t even have been a 2004 World Series appearance for the Sox.
I’m not saying the Sox don’t have impassioned fans, or a fantastic old park, or a fine history, or even great traditions. All I’m saying is that hatred doesn’t make it a real rivalry. No matter how many books, or DVDs or T-shirts you print, the yanks sox “rivalry” has always been one sided and anyone denying that is so biased as to be delusionsal because the numbers don’t lie. SF, you can want the Yanks and Sox to be equal all you want, but they aren’t.
Happy new year! Go Yanks.
JS: You can have a rivalry without having equal results. The two teams have been fighting for coming on a century, and have provided some of the most memorable moments in history. You will not be censored on this site for speaking your opinion–only for rude behavior. Anyhow, you’re missing the fun. Not us.
SF, you can want the Yanks and Sox to be equal all you want, but they aren’t.
Where is any equivalency described? YF nails it: rivalries are about teams duking it out on a constant basis, about teams that have created a collective history. The Yankees’ success wouldn’t be the same without the foil of the Red Sox, and the Red Sox’ failures likewise. Nor would the Red Sox’ successes have been what they were in recent years without the contextual history and presence of their enemy from the south. A rivalry is great not because a team wins exactly half the games, but because both teams continue to show up and compete, despite the history of results.
I disagree that you can have a rivalry without having equal results. The results don’t have to be exactly equal, but they have to be somewhat close. The #2 defintion to rival is:
“RIVAL: … 2 a person or thing equal to another in quality”
EQUAL TO ANOTHER IN QUALITY!!!
Again, I think that the Sox have fine traditions, but the point of the post is that it’s the greatest rivalry in sports. Frankly, I think that Duke/North Carolina basketball is the greatest rivalry b/c both schools have won many ACC titles (they’re tied in that regard), NC has 4 national titles and Duke has 3. NC has a good advantage in head-to-head, but otherwise the numbers aren’t skewed like the Yanks and Sox.
Now, if YOU Define the rivalry as meaning that the teams, ownership and fans HATE one another more than other teams, then you’re right. But I disagree that hatred alone does it.
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