Levack’s Favorite Moments In The Yankees – Red Sox Rivalry
The Rivalry is full of great moments on both sides and in recent history the Red Sox have been sitting pretty and have owned the Rivalry. I choose to look back at a brighter time when the Yankees seemed to always find a way to come out on top. It should come as no surprise to you this list will have no mention of 2004 or bloody socks but I do kind of love when Jason Varitek punched Alex Rodriguez. So here's the moments I love the most in the history of Yankees Red Sox.
1) The Curse of the Bambino: It has to start where the Curse and the hatred began. The Red Sox had won a record five World Series titles by 1918 when they made maybe the worst decision in the history of sports. Harry Frazee bought the Red Sox on credit for $500,000. Running the team and funding runway plays turned out to be way too expensive so Frazee sold many players including Babe Ruth to the Yankees for $125,000 cash and a $300,000 loan. This move is credited with beginning the Curse of the Bambino and an 86 year title drought.
2) The Boston Massacre: The Red Sox had a 14.5 game lead on the Yankees all the way into Mid July back in 1978. The Yankees began to catch fire AND the Red Sox and by September the Bronx Bombers were only four games back going into a four game series.
The series became known as the "Boston Massacre," as the Yankees swept all four games by a combined score of 42-9.
3) Bucky "BLEEPING" Dent: Same year as the Boston Massacre the Red Sox forced a one game playoff for the AL East and that game was decided by a Home Run from Bucky Dent.
4) Aaron "Bleeping" Boone: Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS was tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 11th inning when Aaron Boone came to the plate.
It may shock you that I honestly love that Red Sox and Yankees have this rivalry. It makes sports better, more important and certainly more fun. In a perfect world each and every season the American League Champion would be decided by a best of seven series between the Yanks and Sox. Here's to the two teams regaining greatness on both sides...I just hope the Yankees are a little bit greater.