Word Count

Number of times "Red Sox" mentioned in today’s Daily News Yankees game summary: 5 (first mention in graf 3)

Number of times "Red Sox" mentioned in today’s NY Post Yankees game summary: 5 (first mention in first graf, first sentence)

Number of times "Yankees" mentioned in today’s Boston Globe Red Sox game summary: 0

15 comments… add one
  • great post – sure to provoke intelligent baseballl discussion…
    …or not…
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 14, 2007, 9:17 am
  • Number of retarded posts by SF today: 1 and counting. And what about the Herald?

    jm May 14, 2007, 10:18 am
  • wow, SF. In front of the firing sqaud early today!

    Brad May 14, 2007, 10:33 am
  • Damn, Yankee fans are in a mood today, even here in my office, just angry.

    LocklandSF May 14, 2007, 10:47 am
  • Very interesting observation, SF.

    Tyrel SF May 14, 2007, 10:53 am
  • But, SF, didn’t you know? The Yankees and their fans NEVER think about the Red Sox! It’s only the Sox and thair angry, oversensitive, obsessed fans who turn this rivalry into what it is. Duh!

    Paul SF May 14, 2007, 10:56 am
  • I, for one, find the post to be insightful and informative.
    (And, the Herald has one mention: “The win, coupled with the New York Yankees’ loss in Seattle, gave the Sox an eight-game lead in the American League East standings, their largest cushion since Sept. 30, 1995 (also eight games).”)

    Kluv May 14, 2007, 10:59 am
  • The Yankees and their fans NEVER think about the Red Sox! It’s only the Sox and thair angry, oversensitive, obsessed fans who turn this rivalry into what it is. Duh!
    To be fair, Paul, this is the media, and not, as you say, the fans.
    The main reason I put this up is that when I was reading the various beat stories this morning (in particular the NY Media) I couldn’t help but notice the frequency with which the Sox were mentioned. There’s a little turnabout here, for sure, like Paul says, even if it is just the media. Usually it’s the Sox’ coverage that is accused (sometimes rightfully) of focusing too much on the team to the south. In fact, I was actually shocked that Amalie Benjamin’s coverage of the game didn’t have a single mention of the Yankees. The story was better for it, too. That might be a lesson.

    SF May 14, 2007, 11:15 am
  • In other media news, the New York Times can’t seem to figure out when the Yankees were last 8 games out.
    Their article on the Bombing Bombers’ loss says that the Yankees haven’t been 8 games out since 1997.
    But the “pull quote” says that they’ve been 8 out three times since 1997.
    I don’t care either way — one downside of the amazing amount of baseball stats that are now searchable are all the stupid factoids that are dredged up. (“This is the first time since 2003 that J.D. Drew has faced three lefthanded submariners in a row,” etc.)
    But the Times should at least be consistent if it’s going to play these trivia games.

    Hudson SF May 14, 2007, 12:03 pm
  • And it’s not just the media. Johnny Damon is quoted in this morning’s Times, describing the disbelief he felt when he looked up at the scoreboard and saw the six-spot the Sox put up in the ninth yesterday. I doubt he was the only one in the Yankee dugout with his eyes on the scoreboard….

    MJL in L.A. May 14, 2007, 12:22 pm
  • As MJL notes, to be fair to the NY media (did I just say that?), they both chose ledes based on Damon’s newsworthy quote. But I’m sure his quote came in response to a reporter’s question, so meh…
    That said, the media do generally — generally, not always, but I suspect they do in this case — reflect the thoughts of the fans. I’ll never apologize for obsessing over the Yankees. I obsess over the Sox; that naturally includes their chief rival and the only team they are consistently battling for dominance in their division/league. But I have found it amusing the charade some YFs here have perpetuated, pretending they haven’t/don’t care about the Sox because they’re oh-so secure about their team.
    I think that worm is indeed turning.

    Paul SF May 14, 2007, 12:36 pm
  • More pertinent than this scientific study of fan/media reaction to the rivalry is that the Sox are up 8 games, winning all the time, and the Yanks are figuring out new excruciating ways to lose. In this respect, the worm is indeed turning.

    Nick-YF May 14, 2007, 12:49 pm
  • This is fun and all, but we still aren’t a quarter through yet. I’m not being a party pooper, and I AM enjoying myself. And certainly I’m having visions (don’t get mad, YFs, they’re just dreams) of a ’98-Yankees-style season of dominance/cruising, but there’s so much baseball to play and so much that could happen that I can’t rest easy. I just want them to win tonight’s game, and the game after that, and the game after that, and the game after that…

    Devine May 14, 2007, 2:13 pm
  • “I was actually shocked that Amalie Benjamin’s coverage of the game didn’t have a single mention of the Yankees.”
    You shouldn’t be – she’s usually pretty no-nonsense, in a good way. She’s a cutie, to boot!

    Zulu.as.SF May 14, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • i’m a little late chiming in here, but i wanted to say i thought sf’s post is interesting…and telling…paul’s right, the “worm is turning”…any yankee fan who isn’t [a little anyway] preoccupied [obsessed] with the sox right now isn’t paying attention…they’ve gotta be the best team in baseball, although admittedly i haven’t checked because baseball doesn’t really exist outside of the al east…i’m not sure what i’m experiencing the most right now: disbelief [more about the yankees struggles], annoyed, embarrassed, impatience????….right now the sox remind me a little of the ’98 yankees…the key word may be timely…they’re not spectacular, just solid, with timely hitting, pitching, and fielding…doesn’t hurt to get a break or 2, but luck is overrated, if you believe in it at all…

    dc May 15, 2007, 8:14 am

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