The Yankees and the Cubs will do battle at Yankee Stadium for a two-game series beginning tonight at 7:05.

It just seems appropriate, that on Jackie Robinson Day, a day to honor one of the great pioneers of the sport, that we get a classic matchup between two of the oldest and most storied franchises in baseball.

The two teams have plenty of history, although it’s history at the opposite end of the spectrum.

The Yankees have won 27 World Series titles while the Cubs haven’t won since 1906. As a Mariner fan, I know suffering, but 108 years? I feel for ya, Cubbie faithful.

Some of the best players in the games’ history have donned one of the two uniforms, including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ernie Banks, Ryne Sandberg – and so many more.

Some of the most memorable moments in the games’ history have involved these teams, including Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series against the Dodgers and the Steve Bartman play in the 2003 NLCS for the Cubs against the Marlins.

And perhaps one of the most lasting moments in all of baseball involved these two teams in the 1932 World Series, when Babe Ruth allegedly called his shot.

I’m all for this matchup. I wish it was a four-game set, but baseball purists should be salivating right now, that is, if baseball purists can get past the fact that interleague play still happens before October...

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