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|- style="text-align:center;" !colspan="2" style="text-align: center; background-color: LightSteelBlue;"|New York Yankees – Boston Red Sox |- |colspan="2" style="text-align: center"|New York Yankees  Boston Red Sox |- !style="background: #E0E7EF;" colspan="2"|History |- |First meeting||April 26, 1901 |- |style="vertical-align: top;"|Last meeting||May 15, 2011 |- |style="vertical-align: top;"|Next meeting||June 7, 2011 |- |style="vertical-align: top;"|Number of meetings||2,088 |- |style="vertical-align: top;"|Regular season series||1,127–947–14 (.543) New York[1] |- |style="vertical-align: top;"|Largest margin of victory||22–1 New York (June 19, 2000)[2] |- !style="background: #E0E7EF;" colspan="2"|Post-season history |- |style="vertical-align: top;"|Post-season meetings||11–8 New York |- |1999 ALCS||Yankees won, 4-1[3] |- |2003 ALCS||Yankees won, 4–3[4] |- |2004 ALCS||Red Sox won, 4–3[5][6] |} The Yankees – Red Sox rivalry is one of the oldest, most famous and fiercest rivalries in professional sports.[3][5][7][8][9] For over 100 years, Major League Baseball's Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees of the American League have been intense rivals.[10] The rivalry is sometimes so polarizing that it is often a heated subject, like religion or politics, in the Northeastern United States.[11] Since the inception of the wild card team and an added Division Series, the American League East rivals have squared off in the American League Championship Series three times, with the Yankees winning twice in 1999 and 2003 and the Sox winning in 2004.[5] In addition, the teams have twice met in the last regular-season series of a season to decide the league title, in Template:Mlby (when the Red Sox won) and Template:Mlby (when the Yankees won). The teams also finished tied for first in Template:Mlby, when the Yankees won a high-profile one-game playoff for the division title.[3][5][7] The 1978 division race is memorable for the Red Sox having held a 14-game lead over the Yankees more than halfway through the season.[7] Similarly, the 2004 AL Championship Series is notable for the Yankees leading 3 games to 0 and ultimately losing a best of seven series.[9] The Red Sox comeback was the only time in baseball history that a team has come back from a 0–3 deficit to win a series. The rivalry is often termed "the best rivalry in sports."[12] Games between the two teams are often broadcast on national television, schedule permitting, and have led to an increase in television ratings.[13][14][8] In most cases, whenever the two teams play a weekend series, the Saturday game is broadcast on Fox, while the Sunday game is broadcast on ESPN as part of Sunday Night Baseball.[13] These games have had at least 50% higher ratings than all of the other games broadcast.[13]

BackgroundEdit

Since before the start of the American Revolution, Boston and New York have shared an intense rivalry as cities. For more than a century afterward, Boston was arguably the educational, cultural, artistic, and economic power in the United States.[5] Boston's location as the closest American port to Europe and its concentration of elite schools and manufacturing hubs helped maintain this image for several decades. During this time period, New York was often looked down upon as the upstart, over-populated, dirty cousin to aristocratic and clean Boston.[3][5] New York's economic power soon outpaced Boston's in the 19th century due to its rapid population growth and terminus of the Erie Canal, along with massive growth in the manufacturing, shipping, insurance and financial services businesses. By the start of the 20th century this dynamic had completely shifted as New York had become the focus of American capitalism (especially on Wall Street), and the change was reflected in the new national pastime.

Early history: Glory of Red SoxEdit

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The Red Sox were one of the most successful teams in baseball from 1901 to 1918.[3] They won the inaugural World Series in Template:Wsy (as the Boston Americans; they changed their name to the Red Sox in 1908) and four more between 1912 and 1918.[3] During this period, the Yankees were often called the Highlanders, in reference to playing their games in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. (The Yankees began play in 1901 as the then-Baltimore Orioles, who played in Maryland for two seasons before moving north).[7] The two teams had their first meeting while the Yankees franchise was in Baltimore on April 26, 1901, the innagural year of the American League.[7] On May 7, 1903, both teams played for the first time since the franchise moved to New York to be called the Highlanders.[7] The game was marked by a fight when Boston pitcher George Winter was knocked down.[7] Boston would eventually go on to win the pennant and the innagural 1903 World Series. The 1904 season had both teams start off opening day hosting each other.[7][15][16] Later in the season, when the Highlanders, led by pitcher Jack Chesbro who won a record 41 games, met the Boston Americans in the final game of the season to decide the AL pennant. Chesbro threw a wild pitch and Boston won the pennant, however, the New York Giants, who had already clinched the National League pennant, had already refused to play in the 1904 World Series because they did not feel obligated to and saw the American League as inferior, thus, there was no World Series that year. Not until 2004 would the Red Sox (again) defeat the Yankees in a title-deciding game.[5][9] Years later on April 20, 1912, Boston, now known as the Red Sox since 1908, open Fenway Park with a game against the Highlanders who had left their home field of Hilltop Park to play in the Polo Grounds and thus lost the name Highlanders in favor of Yankees.[7] Tris Speaker hits an RBI single in the bottom of the eleventh to give the Red Sox a 7–6 victory. The victory would not be as memorable for the Titanic Sinking replaced it as the front page story. The team would win a team record 105 games and their second World Series title, defeating the New York Giants.[7] Six years later, the Chicago Cubs scored two runs off of Babe Ruth in game 4 of the Series, snapping his then record World Series scoreless inning streak at Template:Frac innings. However, the Red Sox won the game 3–2, and go on to capture their fifth Series title, their third in the past four years, and fourth in the past seven years. The Yankees would however receive one notable moment of glory against the Red Sox during this era. On April 14, 1917 Yankee pitcher George Mogridge threw a no-hitter at Fenway Park, the first in the ball park's history and first in Yankee history. It would also turn out to be the Yankees only no-hitter where they allowed a run as they would win the game 2-1.[17]

Babe Ruth sold to YankeesEdit

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In 1916, Harry Frazee purchased the Red Sox on credit for $500,000. Despite Ruth's legendary success with the Red Sox, owner and Broadway producer Harry Frazee felt he had to get out of his financial situation. Frazee was hard-pressed to pay off the loans he accrued by purchasing the team and by producing Broadway shows. After the Red Sox finished sixth in the American League in 1919, Frazee, needing money to finance a Broadway musical, No, No Nanette, sold several players, including pitcher-turned-outfielder Babe Ruth, to the Yankees.[18] Frazee received $125,000 and a loan of $300,000—secured on Fenway Park, the Red Sox' home stadium—for Ruth,[3][18] despite Ruth having set the record for home runs with 29 in 1919.[3][18] This began a series of deals with the Yankees that result in a long period of mediocrity for the Red Sox while the Yankees began their dynasty.[3] Ruth's arrival in New York simultaneously launched the Yankee dynasty while ravaging the Red Sox. While the Red Sox' five World Series titles were a record at the time, 1918 would be the team's last championship for 86 years. Meanwhile, Ruth's home run-hitting prowess anchored the Yankee line-up, which became known as "Murderers' Row" in the late 1920s. The Yankees reached the World Series seven times during Ruth's New York years, winning four. This abrupt reversal of fortunes for the Red Sox marked the beginning of the supposed "Curse of the Bambino."[8] But it was not the Ruth deal alone that reversed the fortunes of both clubs.[3][5] Robert W. Creamer reported that "[the] loan was made and relations between the two clubs continued to be cordial, with Frazee sending player after player to the Yankees over the next few seasons for more and more cash. The Red Sox soon became a baseball disaster area, finishing dead last nine times in eleven seasons."[19] Among others, Wally Schang, Everett Scott, Carl Mays, Waite Hoyt, Joe Bush and Sam Jones went from the Sox to the Yankees in the next one to three years, along with Ed Barrow, the former Red Sox manager who became the Yankees' general manager and empire-builder for the first quarter-century of the Yankees' dynasty.[3][5]

Curse of the BambinoEdit

1920s and 1930s: The tables turn - first Yankee dynastyEdit

From 1920 through 2003, the Yankees won 26 World Series championships and 39 pennants, compared to only four pennants for the Red Sox. To make matters worse, in every year that the Red Sox won the pennant—Template:Wsy, Template:Wsy, Template:Wsy and Template:Wsy—they lost the World Series four games to three, leaving them with no World Series titles. During this time, the Red Sox finished second in the standings to the Yankees on twelve occasions—in 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1949, 1978, and every year from 1998 to 2003.[9] During the 84-year period, the Yankees finished with a better regular-season record than the Red Sox 66 times, leading one sportswriter to quip that the Yankees' rivalry with the Red Sox was much like the rivalry "between a hammer and a nail."[5] However, the Yankees finished second in the standings to the Red Sox twice, in 1986 and 1995.[9] Just two years after Ruth's sale, he went on to have a record setting season—statistically, one of the greatest in major league history for a batter. This propelled the Yankees to capture their first pennant and face their rival Giants. On October 5, 1921, the Yankees appeared in and won the their very first World Series game.[3][20] However, Ruth got hurt during the Series, and the Yankees eventually dropped the last three games, losing the Series five games to three to the Giants in the last ever best-of-nine Series.[3] Both the Yankees and Giants would play in the 1922 World Series as well, a series that would be the Yankees' last in the two teams' shared stadium at the Polo Grounds as the Giants served the Yankees an eviction notice after the 1921 season.[21][22] The Yankees would eventually move across the Harlem River to the Bronx into Yankee Stadium. April 18, 1923 would be the day both the Red Sox and Yankees play for the first time at the Yankees new home.[7][23] Over 74,200 people watched the Yankees defeat the Red Sox, 4–1, in the first game played at the stadium.[23] Babe Ruth hit the new stadium's first home run, christening the stadium as "the House that Ruth Built."[7] Ruth would finish the year with a .393 batting average, while being walked a then-record 170 times. The Yankees met the New York Giants for the third straight year in the World Series. The 1923 World Series resulted with the Yankees winning their first World Championship. Several lesser known moments in the rivalry occurred during the 1930s. Pitcher Red Ruffing was traded in 1930 from the Red Sox to the Yankees. Ruffing, who had limited success with the Red Sox, would go on to a Hall of Fame career with the Yankees winning 6 World Series with them. August 19, 1934, would show to be the then largest crowd in the history of Fenway Park, 46,766, to witnesses Babe Ruth's final game at Fenway Park in a Yankees uniform in a game Red Sox would win. A year later, the crowd record would be broken again when the two teams met again on September 22, 1935. Record crowds would also show up at Yankee Stadium. On May 30, 1938, before 83,533 spectators, Yankees outfielder Jake Powell and Red Sox player-manager Joe Cronin fought on the field and beneath the stands. Both players were fined and suspended for 10 games. Both the Yankees and Red Sox would finish first and second in the League respectively that year as well as the following. The Yankees went on to sweep the Chicago Cubs in the World Series and the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series a year later.

1940s–1960s: Teddy Ballgame, Joltin' Joe the Yankee ClipperEdit

The rivalry intensified in 1941 when Ted Williams of the Red Sox batted .406, becoming the last player to bat over .400 in a season. Despite his historic accomplishment, Williams lost the AL MVP race to the Yankees' Joe DiMaggio, who holds the record for a hitting streak, with 56 games where he had hit the ball. DiMaggio's unprecedented streak started on May 15, 1941 in a game where his Yankees lost 13-1 to the Red Sox. Williams later reminisced about his rivalry with DiMaggio saying "(Joe) DiMaggio was the greatest all-around player I ever saw. His career cannot be summed up in numbers and awards. It might sound corny, but he had a profound and lasting impact on the country."[24] Both teams almost swapped the two legends. In 1947, Boston Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey and Yankees GM Larry MacPhail were rumored to have verbally agreed to trade DiMaggio for Williams, but MacPhail refused to include Yogi Berra and the deal fell through.[25] The Red Sox finally stopped the Yankees momentum in 1946. They would play in their first World Series game since 1918, having finished ahead of the Yankees in the American League for the first time since trading Babe Ruth. Since their last pennant in 1918, the Yankees had won 14 pennants and 10 World Series. Although the tide against the Yankees had turned, Boston would eventually lose the Series four games to three to the St. Louis Cardinals. Former legendary manager for the Yankees, Joe McCarthy came out of retirement after a feud with Yankee ownership to sign with the Red Sox as their manager in 1948. Both the Yankees and the Red Sox were involved in a tight pennant race with the Cleveland Indians until the final weekend. The Red Sox eliminated the Yankees in the final series at Fenway Park, overcoming four DiMaggio hits in the final game to tie Cleveland for the pennant. The situation forced the first-ever one-game playoff in AL history, which the Indians won 8–3 at Fenway Park. The city of Boston missed out on a chance for its first all-Boston World Series, as the Indians went on to defeat the Boston Braves in the Series, the last one the Indians have won to date. A year later, the Red Sox entered the final series of the season at Yankee Stadium needing only one win over the Yankees to advance to the World Series. A Willard Mullin cartoon showed a broken and battered Yankees player trying to "bar the door" of the "First Place" house. Already sitting inside was a Red Sox player wearing a derby, holding an "eviction notice", and telling the Yankee, "Expecting someone, Bub?" The Red Sox found themselves up by one game with two games left against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The Sox lost 5–3 on the last day of the season after falling 5–4 the previous day, resulting in the Yankees winning their 16th American League pennant. The Yankees went on to defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1949 World Series for their 12th World Championship. The 1951 season opened up at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees defeated the Red Sox in the debut of PA announcer Bob Sheppard. Sheppard would go on to serve PA duties at Yankee Stadium for another 56 years. On September 28 of that year, Yankees pitcher Allie Reynolds pitched a no-hitter against the Red Sox.[26] A year later, Red Sox outfielder Jimmy Piersall and Yankees second baseman Billy Martin exchanged insults before a game in Boston, and ended up fighting in the tunnel under the stands. The fight was eventually broken up by Yankees coaches Bill Dickey and Oscar Melillo, and Boston starting pitcher Ellis Kinder. Piersall changed out of his bloody shirt and promptly fought with teammate Maury McDermott. The Red Sox won 5–2 with Piersall sitting the game out.[27] Starting in 1949, the Yankees began a streak of five consecutive World Series titles from 1949 to 1953 and breaking their previous streak of four straight titles from 1936 to 1939. They would also go on to win 14 pennants in 16 years starting in 1949.[28]

1961–1980: Milestones, fights, neck and neck finishes and the Bucky Dent gameEdit

The 1961 season saw the famous chase of Babe Ruth's 1927 single season home run record by Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle. Both men would battle each other for the record until Mantle got injured late in the season, leaving Marris the only one in the hunt. On the last day of the season, Maris broke the record with his 61st home run of the year off Red Sox rookie pitcher Tracy Stallard at Yankee Stadium.[8][29] Former Hall of Fame shortstop for the Yankees, Phil Rizzuto, called the shot in what was one of his first games as an announcer.[7] The Yankees won the game 1–0 and clinch their 26th American League pennant, on their way to their 19th World Series title. Years later in 1967, Rookie Red Sox pitcher Billy Rohr flirted with the record books when he came within a single strike of a no-hitter at Yankee Stadium.[7] Elston Howard hit a two-out, two-strike single in the ninth to spoil the no-hit bid.[7] Rohr completed the one-hitter, but ultimately finished his career with only three wins, two coming against the Yankees. Later that year, Red Sox Third Baseman Joe Foy hit a grand slam during the first game of a double header. In the second game, Yankee pitcher Thad Tillotson threw two brushback pitches at Foy before beaning him in the batting helmet. In the next inning, Rex Sox pitcher Jim Lonborg beaned Tillotson. Both pitchers yelled at each other, and then a brawl ensued. During the fight, Red Sox outfielder Reggie Smith picked up and body-slammed Tillotson to the ground. Just two months later, both teams are involved in the longest game ever played (by innings) at Yankee Stadium.[7] New York recorded a 20-inning, 4–3 victory over Boston.[30] Later that year on August 3rd, the Yankees traded Howard, the first African-American player in franchise history, to the Red Sox to help bolster their team during the pennant race. When Howard returned to Yankee Stadium in a Red Sox uniform, the Yankee fans gave him a standing ovation [31]. Boston would be led by Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski's historic season as the last player to win the batting triple crown, leading the Red Sox to the pennant in what was a dream year for the Sox.[5][7] Howard's contribution would be instrumental in the 1967 World Series, but he and Yastrzemski would lose to Bob Gibson and the St. Louis Cardinals four games to three.[5] In 1973, the American League decided to adopt the designated hitter rule. On April 6, opening the season at Fenway Park, Ron Blomberg of the Yankees becomes the first designated hitter in Major League history.[7][32] Red Sox pitcher Luis Tiant walked Blomberg in his first plate appearance of the game.[32] Later that year at Fenway Park, with the score tied 2–2 in the top of the 9th, Yankees catcher Thurman Munson attempted to score from third base on a missed bunt by Gene Michael. He crashed into Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk resulting in a fight with Munson punching Fisk in the face. The rivalry would intensify in the 1970s with the fans too, as just a year later in 1974 at Fenway Park, Yankees first baseman Chris Chambliss was struck in the right arm with a dart thrown from the stands after hitting a triple. Two years later, Yankee outfielder Lou Piniella would crash into Fisk feet first in an attempt to score in the sixth inning of a game at Yankee Stadium. The two benches cleared while Piniella and Fisk brawled at home plate. After the fight apparently died down and order appeared to be restored, Sox pitcher Bill Lee and Yankee third baseman Graig Nettles began to exchange words, resulting in another fight. Lee suffered a separated left shoulder from the tilt and missed a significant portion of the 1976 season. He would continue to pitch until 1982, but his level of performance was not the same as it was prior to the fight. The 1976 season saw the Yankees win the pennant, but lose to the Big Red Machine in the 1976 World Series, just like the Red Sox had done a year prior in the 1975 World Series in which Carlton Fisk hit his famous home run off of the left field foul pole at Fenway. After the Yankees loss to the Reds, owner George Steinbrenner committed to sign a marquee free agent Reggie Jackson to help win the championship for the Yankees. The Yankees, Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles would keep leap frogging each other the entire year during the division race. Jackson's entry onto the Yankees initially had caused a lot of friction on the Yankees. In the middle game of what would prove to be a three-game series sweep by the Red Sox at Fenway, Yankees' manager Billy Martin pulls Reggie Jackson off the field in mid-inning for failing to hustle on a ball hit to the outfield. The extremely angry and highly-animated Martin was restrained by coaches Yogi Berra and Elston Howard from getting into a fistfight with Jackson in the dugout, on the nationally-televised Saturday afternoon game. Eventually emotions calmed down for the season and the Yankees came together to recapture the pennant and defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1977 World Series, their first since the early 60's. In 1978, the Red Sox, led by Jim Rice, Carl Yastrzemski, Fred Lynn and catcher Carlton Fisk, seemed as if they were destined for a trip to the Fall Classic for the second time in the decade. They led the Yankees in the standings by Template:Frac games by mid-July, with less than three months to go in the regular season. However, the Yankees turned their season around just as the Red Sox seemed to collapse.[3] By September 7, the Yankees had whittled down the Template:Frac-game deficit to only four games, just in time for a four-game series at Fenway Park in Boston.[7] The Yankees won all four games in the series by a combined score of 42–9.[33] This series became known as the "Boston Massacre."[33] On September 16, the Yankees held a Template:Frac-game lead over the Red Sox, but the Sox won 12 of their next 14 games (and their last eight in a row) to overcome that deficit and finish in a first-place tie with the Yankees. A one-game playoff was scheduled in Boston to determine who would win the AL East pennant for 1978.[3] Boston pitted former Yankee pitcher Mike Torrez against the Yankees' Cy Young Award winner, Ron Guidry, who took a 24–3 record into the game. The Sox were beating Guidry 2–0 in the top of the seventh inning when light-hitting Yankee shortstop Bucky Dent hit a two-out, three-run home run over Fenway Park's Green Monster to take a 3–2 lead.[34][7] It was only his fifth home run of the season. The Yankees later led 5–2 and held on to win 5–4 when Yastrzemski popped out with runners on second and third, ending the Red Sox' season.[35] New York went on to defeat the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series for their second straight championship.

1980s and early 1990sEdit

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1980s: No championshipsEdit

The 1980s was the only decade that neither the Yankees nor the Red Sox won a World Series. Although both teams went to the World Series once during that decade, the Red Sox were not serious contenders in the Yankees' playoff years (1980 and 1981),[7] although the Yankees seriously contended in the Red Sox' playoff years (1986 and 1988).[7] The Yankees lost the World Series in Template:Wsy, while the Red Sox loss came in Template:Wsy. Both times, they lost after being up 2–0 in their respective World Series, and both losses happened in New York (Red Sox lost the World Series at Shea Stadium). For the Yankees, the loss in 1981 marked the beginning of the team's downfall in the 1980s and early 1990s.[36][37][38] Despite the lack of championships, the rivalry between the teams did have some memorable highlights. Yankee left-hander Dave Righetti threw a no-hitter against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.[26] One of the game's greatest hitters, Wade Boggs, struck out to end the game.[26][39] The Yankees worst nightmare during the 1980s came in 1986 when the Red Sox faced the Yankees cross-town rivals, the Mets, in the World Series. The New York Times called the series a "painful series."[40] Newsday called it "woeful days for Yankee fans."[41] Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News called the series "the World Series that is the Yankee nightmare."[42] Both Newsday and The Boston Globe said that there were Mets T-shirts saying "Steinbrenner's nightmare,"[41][43] referring to Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. John Powers of the Globe quoted Claire Smith, who covered the Yankees for The Hartford Courant, as having said that "this really is the World Series of the nightmares."[44] The race for the division crown between the two teams was once again seen in 1988. Co-captains Ron Guidry and Willie Randolph had led the Yankees to first place past the All-Star break. However, on July 28, the Yankees fell out of first place,[45][46] and the Red Sox won their second division title in three years.[47] The Sox went on to face the Oakland Athletics in the 1988 American League Championship Series, but wound up losing.

1990–1995Edit

The tone of baseball rivalries changed in the early 1990s; fraternization between players who had moved to different teams or knew each other from various ventures kept baseball rivalries to a "friendly" level.[48] However, Major League Baseball's 1994 divisional re-alignment solidified the rivalry between the Yankees and Red Sox. Prior to the realignment, the American League East Division contained seven teams, spread out over a wider geographical area, including the Cleveland Indians and the Milwaukee Brewers. In the early to mid 1990s, the rivalry seemed to be somewhat low-key, as the two teams were seldom equally good.[7] The Yankees had the worst record in the American League when the Red Sox won their third division title in five years in 1990.[49] In 1992, both teams finished at or near the bottom of the AL East.[50] In 1990, Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy wrote a book titled The Curse of the Bambino, criticizing the Red Sox for the sale of Babe Ruth, and publicized the curse.[5][18][51] When the Red Sox were at Yankee Stadium during a weekend in September Template:Mlby, Yankee fans started to chant "1918!" to taunt the Red Sox, reminding them of the last time they won a World Series.[52][5] Yankee fans taunted the Red Sox with signs saying "CURSE OF THE BAMBINO," pictures of Babe Ruth, and wearing "1918!" T-shirts each time they were at the Stadium.[5] On June 6, 1990, before a Yankees – Red Sox game at Fenway Park, the Yankees fired Bucky Dent as their manager.[34] Both teams were on different sides when reacting to the firing. Red Sox fans felt retribution to Dent being fired on their field, while players on the Yankees, including former Red Sox catcher Rick Cerone and Don Mattingly used Dent as a scapegoat.[34] However, Dan Shaughnessy criticized Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner for firing Dent in Boston and said that he should "have waited until the Yankees got to Baltimore" to fire Dent.[53] He compared the firing to "Phyllis George getting arrested in Atlantic City" and "Neil Armstrong tearing his Achilles' doing the moonwalk," and said that "if Dent had been fired in Seattle or Milwaukee, this would have been just another event in an endless line of George's jettisons. But it happened in Boston and the nightly news had its hook."[53] The "firing was only special because...it's the first time a Yankee manager—who was also a Red Sox demon—was purged on the ancient Indian burial grounds of the Back Bay."[53] On July 30, Steinbrenner was suspended from day-to-day operations of the Yankees.[54][55][56] There were cheers at both Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park over the news of the suspension of Steinbrenner.[57][58] At Yankee Stadium, fans chanted and cheered "It's Over! It's Over!" However, the players said that it was sad that Steinbrenner was suspended.[59][60] Mel Hall's game-winning three-run homer in the ninth inning gave the Yankees a dramatic Memorial Day win over the Red Sox in 1991. Announcer John Sterling accentuated the word "the" when saying "the Yankees win!" This accentuation would become a characteristic trademark of Sterling for the rest of his broadcasting career.[61] The 1993 season saw long-time Red Sox fan favorite Wade Boggs defect to the Yankees after eleven seasons with Boston.[7] Later in September 1993, the Yankees defeated Boston at Yankee Stadium via a last-moment reprieve. Trailing 3–1, Mike Stanley's apparent fly out with two outs in the ninth was nullified by a fan running on to the field prior to the pitch being thrown. The umpire had called time and when play resumed, Stanley singled. The Yankees would rally to score three runs and win on a Don Mattingly single.[62] The Yankees' 1980s slump continued into the early 1990s and was at its frustrating peak in 1994, when they finished with the best record in the American League in a season that was prematurely halted by the strike,[37][38][63] which left New York sports fans, not just baseball fans, stunned, heartbroken, upset, and shaken to their core because Yankees star player Don Mattingly had not played in a postseason despite being poised to do so that year.[64][65] At that time, he led active players in both games played and at bats without a postseason.[37][38][64] Throughout October, the news media added to the embarrassment when they often made references to dates that games in the World Series would have been played.[66] That year, the Yankees and Red Sox would have finished the season against each other at Fenway Park.[67][68] Both managers, Buck Showalter of the Yankees and Butch Hobson of the Red Sox, both of whom made their managerial debuts against each other, were fired during or as a result of the strike.[67][28] The strike was the harbinger of the Template:Mlby season for the Yankees.[7][28] Although the Red Sox jumped out to a fast start and finished the season in first place, the Yankees were not serious contenders for the division title.[28] However, with the Yankees clinching the inaugural American League Wild Card on the last day of the season, the Yankees and Red Sox reached the post-season for the first time in the same season.[7][69] However, both teams lost in separate ALDS series.[7] For the Yankees, the loss led to another post-strike fallout: Both Showalter and General Manager Gene Michael were fired as a result of the loss.[38][28] Similarly, the firing of Michael as Yankees manager and the loss in the 1981 World Series were fallouts from the strike that year.[36][70] In fact, the 1981 strike was antecedence to the Yankees demise and downfall of the 1980s and 1990s and the strike in 1994 was part of that demise.[28]

1996–2003: Yankee dominance and first meetings in American League Championship SeriesEdit

Late 1990s: Yankee dynastyEdit

A year after captain Don Mattingly's retirement in 1995, the Yankees won the 1996 World Series. It was their first in 18 years and the first of former Red Sox Hall of Famer Wade Boggs' career, coming almost 10 years to the day he lost it to the New York Mets.[71] Boggs celebrated the victory with a memorable moment of jumping on the horse of a NYPD officer during the celebration.[71] However, the Yankees, like the rest of baseball, were still reeling from what was lost in 1994, because many members of the 1994 team were not there in 1996.[38] The Yankees did not reach the World Series in 1997, but bounced back with one of the greatest seasons in baseball history in 1998 that culminated in a win over the San Diego Padres in the 1998 World Series. The Red Sox, too, made the playoffs in 1998, but as a Wild Card, but lost their ALDS series.[7] However, they did not seriously contend for the division title.[7] Their fortunes changed the following year. Following their win, the Yankees controversially traded fan favorite David Wells to the Toronto Blue Jays for Roger Clemens, a fan favorite with the Red Sox between 1984 and 1996. Clemens was coming off two consecutive season with the Blue Jays where he had won both the pitching triple crown and the Cy Young Award in both 1997 and 1998. Once the Template:Mlby season started, a moment of peace occurred between the fans. Yankees manager Joe Torre returned to Fenway Park for his first game following his battle with prostate cancer.[72][73] When exchanging lineup cards the Boston crowd gave Torre a long standing ovation to which he tipped his cap.[74] Good relations were seen during the All-Star Game at Fenway Park.[75] Yankee manager Joe Torre, manager for the American League team, replaced starting shortstop Nomar Garciaparra of the Red Sox for Derek Jeter. Garciaparra received a standing ovation from the fans after Jeter came in to replace him after they embrace.[75] Later in the game when he came to bat, Jeter gave Garciaparra a tribute by mimicking his batting stance.[75] These moments of truce were short-lived. Late September saw Chili Davis' 2nd inning home run as the only hit by the Yankees against Pedro Martínez, who struck out 17 Yankees—the most strikeouts against a Yankee team ever.[76] The teams finished first and second in their division and both made the playoffs in the same season. This led to the very first post-season meeting in the long rivalry.[7]

1999 ALCS: First playoff meetingEdit

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Template:See also In 1999, the Yankees and Red Sox faced each other for the first time in the ALCS. The Yankees were the defending World Series champions and in the midst of a run of three consecutive World Championships, while Boston had not appeared in the ALCS since 1990. The Yankees won game one of the ALCS against the Red Sox on a 10th-inning walk-off home run by Bernie Williams off Boston reliever Rod Beck.[77] The game is the first actual postseason meeting between the rivals because the one-game playoff in 1978 technically counted as a regular season game.[78] Despite intense buildup to this historic, first-ever postseason meeting between the two longtime rivals, the series proved to be somewhat anticlimactic, with New York winning four games to one. The lone bright spot for the Red Sox came in Game 3 at Boston's Fenway Park, in what had been a much anticipated pitching match-up of former Red Sox star Roger Clemens, who was now pitching for the Yankees, and Boston ace Pedro Martínez. Martinez struck out twelve and did not allow a run through seven innings of work; Clemens was hit hard, giving up five earned runs and only lasting into the third inning of a 13–1 Red Sox victory. However, the Yankees rebounded to win Games 4 and 5, clinching the American League pennant and advancing to the Series, where they swept the Atlanta Braves. The loss to Martinez was the Yankees' only postseason loss, as the team went 11–1. The following year at Fenway Park, the Yankees beat the Red Sox 22–1, handing Boston its most lopsided home loss ever.[2] The Yankees scored 16 runs in the 8th and 9th innings.[2] The Yankees went on to win their 3rd consecutive World Series and 26th overall. A year later, David Cone, one of the key players in the then most recent Yankee dynasty, started for the Red Sox against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium to the sound of a standing ovation despite playing for the arch-rival Red Sox. It marked Cone's first return to Yankee Stadium since his leaving the team. Cone would later take part in another notable game later that year when he went up against newly acquired Yankee pitcher Mike Mussina. Mussina had come within one strike of pitching a perfect game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Carl Everett's 9th-inning two-out, two-strike single was the only baserunner allowed by Mussina in a 1–0 Yankee win. Coincidentally, David Cone was the last Yankee pitcher to throw a perfect game in 1999. The country saw one of its biggest tragedies bring both sides together just shortly later. Following the events of September 11, Boston fans display signs saying "Boston Loves New York" in a rare moment of peace between the two sides of the rivalry.[79] On September 23, the Yankees home field host a memorial service titled, "Prayer for America." The warm feeling of solidarity would once again be short lived as just a few months later in the off-season, Red Sox President Larry Lucchino labeled the Yankees the "Evil Empire" after Cuban free agent José Contreras opted to sign with the Yankees instead of the Red Sox.[80]

2001–2003: Unbalanced scheduleEdit

Major League Baseball changed its scheduling format in 2001, further intensifying division matchups throughout the league. The new "unbalanced schedule" allowed for additional games in each season between divisional rivals, replacing additional series with teams outside the division.[81] Due to the change, the Red Sox and Yankees now played each other 17 or more times each season (18 times in 2001).[10][82] The scheduling drew criticism both when it was enacted and after the fact, with some analysts even positing that the unbalanced schedule hurt intra-divisional play.[83] During this period, in 2002, the Red Sox tried to talk to former Yankees general manager Gene Michael about their general manager position, but were not given permission by the Yankees.[84][85] The Red Sox then hired Theo Epstein as general manager, and at 28, he was the youngest general manager in baseball history.[86][87]

2003 ALCSEdit

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Main article: 2003 American League Championship Series

Both teams would face off in the LCS once again in 2003.[88][89] Due to the unbalanced schedule, when the Sox forced the ALCS to a full seven games, the seventh game set a major league record for the rivalry between the two teams: it marked the first time two major league teams have played more than 25 games against each other over the course of a single season.[90] In the top of the fourth inning of Game 3 of the ALCS at Fenway Park, Red Sox starting pitcher Pedro Martínez hit Yankee batter Karim Garcia, prompting an argument between the two players, which ended with both teams clearing the benches but no punches thrown.[91] In the bottom half of the inning, a pitch from Roger Clemens to Manny Ramírez was high and inside, and a brawl ensued. Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer, then 72 years old, charged at Martinez who grabbed him by the head and swung him to the ground.[91] Later, midway through the ninth inning, Garcia and Yankee pitcher Jeff Nelson fought with a Fenway Park groundskeeper in the bullpen.[91] In Game 7 at Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox held a 5-2 lead through eight innings due to an ineffective start by Roger Clemens,[92] but the Yankees remained in the game because of four shutout innings of relief by Mike Mussina in his first career relief appearance.[93] After Red Sox starter Pedro Martínez gave up a run in the eighth, manager Grady Little visited the mound but elected to leave starter him in to complete the inning. Martinez then gave up a double to Hideki Matsui, and Yankees catcher Jorge Posada, blooped a double into center field that drove in two runners and tied the game.[4] The game went into extra innings and on the bottom of the eleventh inning, leadoff hitter Aaron Boone, grandson of Ray Boone, a (retired) longtime scout with the Red Sox,[4] hit a solo home run off of Tim Wakefield to left field, ending the game and the series, giving the Yankees their 39th American League pennant.[4] Aaron's older brother, Bret, was part of Fox's broadcast team calling the ALCS and was in the broadcast booth when Aaron hit the home run.[94][95] Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter said that he told Aaron Boone that "magical things happen here in the Stadium—and I told him ghosts come out in October."[96] When asked if he believed in curses, Jeter replied "No, but I believe in ghosts."[96] David Wells shouted "The Babe is our side! The Curse is still alive!" after Boone hit the home run.[96]

2004-present: Curse brokenEdit

2004: Red Sox win World SeriesEdit

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Template:See also In an effort to shore up their lineup, the Red Sox set up a potential deal that would send reigning AL MVP Alex Rodriguez to Boston and Red Sox slugger Manny Ramírez and prospects to Texas.[5] The deal eventually fell through after Rodriguez indicates he will not go against the players union, which opposes a proposed renegotiation that would have potentially reduced Rodriguez's earnings in the later years of his contract.[5] A freak off season basketball injury to Boone just several months removed from his historic homerun had Yankees management looking at possible options to replace him. Despite being courted by the Red Sox for nearly three months, Rodriguez was traded from the Texas Rangers to the Yankees.[5] New Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, who confounded the Yankees in the 2001 World Series as an Arizona Diamondback, appeared at an ice hockey game in Boston wearing a "Yankee hater" hat.[97] [5] That year, the Red Sox won an eventful season series against the Yankees. The first game between the two teams, on April 16, was nationally broadcast on Fox.[98][99] Fox Sports President Ed Goren said of decision to have the game broadcast on Fox: "We started thinking about this at some point after the Yankees closed the deal with A-Rod...This is sort of a relaunch of the season in the middle of April. This is going to be an event."[98] MLB Commissioner Bud Selig called the broadcast "an extension of the postseason brought into April."[98] This was the first broadcast of a regular season game in prime-time since Mark McGwire hit his 62nd home run to break Roger Maris' record in Template:Mlby,[100] and it drew a 3.6 national rating, and with an average audience of 5.3 million, it was the most-watched regular-season telecast since Mark McGwire's record-breaking home run game.[101] A 13-inning comeback win for the Yankees on July 1 was punctuated by a catch by Derek Jeter, who ran and dove into the stands at full speed and came out with facial lacerations, in a game the Yankees won in 13 innings.[102] On July 24, a fight between Alex Rodriguez and Jason Varitek and a subsequent bench-clearing brawl occurred during a Red Sox win.[103] Despite their success in the rivalry series, the Red Sox still finished second to the Yankees in the AL East for the seventh straight season.[104] Both teams would advance to the ALCS for the second straight year.

2004 ALCS: The curse is brokenEdit

Template:Multiple image Template:See alsoYankees General Manager Brian Cashman said that "the two teams in the American League facing each other in this series are the two best teams, period."[105] Fox commentator Joe Buck said as the series began: "What's hard to believe, it was almost exactly one year ago tonight that Aaron Boone hit that home 11th inning home run to beat the Red Sox, to get for some reason it seemed pre-determined that would be right back here a year later for a rematch of sorts."[105][106] MLB Commissioner Bud Selig moved Game 5 of the series to primetime due to the rematch.[107] Dan Shaughnessy of The Boston Globe wrote that "one year after they (Yankees) jousted to the (Sox's) finish in the Bronx last October in an epic seventh game that appeared to take the clash to its zenith they go at it again..."[108] Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina summed up the build-up: "This is what everyone was hoping for...It's a rematch of last year, with the best two teams in the American League."[108] The New York Times said that this was the showdown the Yankees anticipated the entire season, while the Red Sox craved it an entire year. This was the reason why the Red Sox fired Grady Little, traded Nomar Garciaparra, and added Curt Schilling.[5][109] Outfielder Johnny Damon said of Boone's home run: "If we do advance to the World Series and win, it's a better story that we went through New York. We needed to get back here. This is where a lot of hearts were broken, and we're in a perfect seat to stop the hurting."[109] Damon told USA Today: "If we are going to win the World Series, it's better to beat the Yankees to get there. Otherwise, everybody will say, 'Well, you didn't have to face the Yankees.' I think we have the best team, so I hope the best team wins. But the Yankees are no slouches. We know that (Gary) Sheffield can hit every single pitch thrown to him."[110] The Yankees started out strong, winning the first three games, and putting an exclamation point on their Game 3 victory with a 19–8 win.[111] However, when talking about the final score, Dan Shaughnessy said that "the final score...might as well have been 19–18."[111] No team in the history of baseball had ever won a best of seven series after being down three games to none. Entering the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 4 at Fenway, Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera came in to close out a 4–3 victory and a series sweep. But after a leadoff walk to Kevin Millar, pinch-runner Dave Roberts stole second and came around to score on an RBI single by Bill Mueller. The Red Sox would win the game in the bottom of the 12th inning on a home run by David Ortiz. Game 5 featured another extra-inning Boston comeback, as the Red Sox tied the game in the 8th inning, and won it in the 14th. In Game 6, Curt Schilling, who had torn a tendon sheath in his right ankle during the previous American League Divisional Series, returned to pitch seven innings of one-run ball. Schilling's tendon was sutured to his ankle to relieve the discomfort and was given local anesthetic and painkillers for the game. During the game his sock started to absorb the blood from his freshly sutured ankle and has since been dubbed "the bloody sock" and can now be found in the Hall of Fame. The Red Sox completed their unprecedented comeback with a blowout win in Game 7.[6]

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In Boston, celebrations marking the Red Sox win over the Yankees were marred by tragedy. Moments after the Red Sox beat the Yankees, Victoria Snelgrove, an Emerson College junior, was mortally wounded after being hit in the eye by a non-lethal crowd control projectile fired by police.[5][112] Red Sox Outfielder Trot Nixon said in response that "I'd give Game 7 back to have her back."[113] The funeral services for Snelgrove took place on October 26, the day before the Curse of the Bambino died.[114][115] The Red Sox going to the World Series seemed almost anti-climactic as it was for the Yankees the year before, until October 27, 2004, when the Red Sox won their first World Series championship in 86 years, completing a sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals in the Series.[5][116] During the series, Dan Shaughnessy wrote a piece about how much people in New England were thinking about loved ones who had spent their entire lives rooting for the Red Sox, hoping that one day, they would see them win a World Series.[5][117][118] He also appeared on news programs and talk shows, talking about his book, The Curse of the Bambino, and said that people had said that the curse died when the Red Sox beat the Yankees.[5] However, his piece in The Boston Globe made clear that winning the World Series would be the only way to bring death to the Curse of the Bambino.[118] In calling the World Series win, Fox commentator Joe Buck said, "Back to Foulke. Red Sox fans have longed to hear it: The Boston Red Sox are World Champions!" The day after the Red Sox won the Series, Shaughnessy said that the Red Sox would be playing the Yankees in their 2005 home opener.[116] When the Red Sox held their World Series victory parade, Manny Ramírez was handed a sign by one of the spectators part of the way through the parade, which read, "Jeter is playing golf today. This is better!"[5][119] He held on to this sign for the rest of the parade.[5] The sign Ramirez held reminded many Red Sox fans of what Tug McGraw said after the Philadelphia Phillies won the 1980 World Series when he summed it all up for the fans after 97 years of futility for that team: "All through baseball history, Philadelphia has had to take a back seat to New York City. Well, New York City can take this world championship and stick it! 'Cause we're number one!"[120][121]

2005–2006Edit

When the two teams played for the first time at Yankee Stadium, on April 3, Yankee fans started new taunts, saying "The Curse of 1918 is finally over (86 years). Let the new curse 2090 begin."[122][123] They also projected the next Red Sox championship with signs saying "1918-2004-2090."[124] Just a week later, the Red Sox received their World Series rings at Fenway Park before they played the Yankees.[116][125] In a surprise showing of class, all of the Yankees went to the top step of the dugout to applaud the Red Sox accomplishment.[126] During the announcement of the lineups, Red Sox fans reciprocated by giving Yankee closer Mariano Rivera (who had struggled against the Red Sox) a loud, standing ovation,[127] despite their booing of Alex Rodriguez.[126] Rivera laughed and tipped his cap.[127] However, in New York, the YES Network, the Yankees television network, declined to broadcast it.[128] Instead, a fixed camera shot was focused tightly on correspondent Kimberly Jones as she described in general terms the events surrounding her; afterwards, YES was roundly criticized for the move.[128] The Red Sox won the game 8–1.[125] Just days later, Yankee right fielder Gary Sheffield's cap was knocked off by a Red Sox fan while trying to pick up a fair ball in right field at Fenway Park. In response, Sheffield pushed the fan. The conflict was quickly stopped by security guards. The fan was ejected from the game for interfering with play and eventually stripped of his season tickets. The season ended with both teams, already with guaranteed playoff berths, playing each other for the division crown on the last day of the season in a game that had the Yankees come out on top.[129] Both teams wound up losing in the 2005 ALDS, the Yankees to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Red Sox to the eventual World Series champion that year, the Chicago White Sox.[130]

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The rivalry revived the Yankees' loss to the Florida Marlins in the 2003 World Series when the Marlins traded Josh Beckett to the Red Sox at the end of the 2005 season.[131] Beckett had ended the series with a complete game shutout.[132] The Yankees would follow with their own off-season acquisition of Red Sox outfielder Johnny Damon, a fan-favorite during his four years in Boston with a four-year, $52 million contract with the Yankees.[133][134] A clean-shaven Damon returned to Fenway Park the following May to a mix of cheers and boos as he tipped his helmet to the fans.[135][136] The Yankees defeated the Red Sox at Fenway Park and completed a five-game sweep of the Red Sox in the first five-game series between the teams in 33 years, evoking memories of 1978's "Boston Massacre". The Yankees outscored the Red Sox 49–26 and pushed their division lead to Template:Frac games over the second place Red Sox. The Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy dubs it the "Son of Massacre."[33] The second game of the series, which the Yankees won 14–11, took four hours and 45 minutes to complete, making it the longest nine-inning game in Major League Baseball history. Months after the Yankees loss to the Tigers in the 2006 ALDS and manager Joe Torre's controversial decision to drop a struggling Alex Rodriguez to 8th in the lineup, Rodriguez in an interview with Sports Illustrated, claimed that he had preferred to go to the Red Sox before being traded to the Yankees.[137] The incident would be one of contention between Torre and Rodriguez as noted in Torre's book, The Yankee Years.

2007–2008: Red Sox World Series win followed by Yankees missing playoffsEdit

During the third inning of a game at Fenway Park, Manny Ramírez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell, and Jason Varitek hit four consecutive home runs off Yankee pitcher Chase Wright, powering a comeback from a three-run deficit and completing a three game sweep of the Yankees at Fenway Park for the first time since 1990. By May, after long speculation about what team he would play for after retirement, Roger Clemens chooses to return to the Yankees as opposed to the Red Sox (where he started his career) or the Houston Astros (his hometown and last team he played for). Clemens helps the Yankees overcome a 14 game deficit in the standings to roar back to reach the playoffs again. However, this was not enough to win the division. On September 28, Boston won the AL East after a win against the Minnesota Twins and a loss by the New York Yankees against the Baltimore Orioles. This was the Sox first AL East Championship since 1995, ending the Yankees' nine-year reign in the division. The Red Sox went on to sweep the Colorado Rockies in the World Series. Series MVP Mike Lowell remarks, upon receiving his trophy, that "the Red Sox are expected to win." Controversy erupted during the 8th inning of the final game when Alex Rodriguez's agent Scott Boras announced that Rodriguez had decided to opt-out of his contract, in what was seen by many as an attempt by Boras to overshadow the series.[138][139] The off-season after the 2007 Series showed a war of words between management of both teams. Boston GM Theo Epstein called Yankee pitcher Mike Mussina a "bad apple" for complaining about the Yankees' Template:Mlby trip to Japan as the Red Sox were gearing up for their own trip there. Epstein claimed that Mussina had used it as a crutch during the season. Mussina retorted back saying "Yea, we used it as a crutch to win the division!"[140] Later that month, Hank Steinbrenner, who had taken a bigger role with the Yankees operation from his father George, responded in a feisty manner to the popularity of Red Sox Nation in The New York Times newspaper's Play Magazine: Template:" 'Red Sox Nation?' What a bunch of (expletive) that is. That was a creation of the Red Sox and ESPN, which is filled with Red Sox fans. Go anywhere in America and you won't see Red Sox hats and jackets, you'll see Yankee hats and jackets. This is a Yankee country. We're going to put the Yankees back on top and restore the universe to order." In response, Red Sox principal owner John W. Henry inducted Hank Steinbrenner into Red Sox Nation, complete with a membership card giving him access to an array of options, including the group newsletter, bumper stickers, pins, Green Monster seats and a hat personally autographed by David Ortiz. Steinbrenner went on to praise Henry's handling of the Red Sox and said they would always be competitive under him.[141][142] In 2008, the Red Sox clinched a playoff berth and eliminated the Yankees from playoff contention, bringing an end to the Bombers' streak of 13 consecutive postseason appearances dating back to 1995.[143]

2009–2010: Yankees World Series win followed by Red Sox missing playoffsEdit

In the 2008 off-season, first baseman Mark Teixeira signed an eight year, $180 million contract with the Yankees.[144] Tony Massarotti of The Boston Globe summed up his feelings by calling it a "kick in the pants".[145][146] Teixeira had actually been drafted by the Red Sox in 1998, but turned them down then when he elected to play college baseball at Georgia Tech. The Red Sox won the first eight contests against the Yankees in 2009. After the All-Star break, the Yankees tied the season series at 9–9. In August, the Yankees had 23 hits and the Red Sox had 12 in a 20–11 Yankees victory where the total runs scored (31) is the most runs collected by both teams in the history of their rivalry.[147] Both teams had made the playoffs again in 2009. During the ALDS, the Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins to face the Angels who had knocked out the Red Sox. The Yankees beat the Angels and went on defeat the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2009 World Series 4–2 to earn their 27th World Series title and their first championship since the Curse of the Bambino died. Former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez was the losing pitcher of record for the defending champions in the last game of the series. Template:Mlby saw the Yankees and the Red Sox start and finish the season against each other at Fenway Park,[16][15] the first time since Template:Mlby this happened.[148] The Red Sox beat the Yankees in the first meeting of the two teams, the 30th time that the two teams played on Opening Day, improving to 11–18–1 against the Yankees whenever the two teams play each other on Opening Day.[149] In July, with the passings of Bob Sheppard, public address announcer for the Yankees, on July 11 at the age of 99, and principal owner and managing partner of the Yankees, George Steinbrenner, at the age of 80, both teams opened the second half at their respective stadiums with a moment of silence for Steinbrenner and Sheppard.[150][151][152] August had both teams play at Yankee Stadium in a game that saw Derek Jeter pass Babe Ruth on the all-time hits list as well as Alex Rodriguez join Barry Bonds and Willie Mays as the only players to ever hit 600 home runs and steal 300 bases.[153] The Red Sox, struggling to get out of third place, failed to make the playoffs for the second time in five years, but knocked the Yankees out of first place in the American League East, relegating them to the wild-card for the 2010 season.[154] The Yankees and Red Sox finished the season 9-9. During the final series, Boston Police arrested a Yankees fan for stabbing a Red Sox fan over an argument about the rivalry.[11]

Rivalry outside of baseballEdit

The rivalry between the two teams has been seen, not just on the field, but also off the field. Don Mattingly had appeared in public service announcements airing on the Spike TV network advocating fathers to spend time with their children as part of the "True Dads" campaign to encourage men to take an active role in their children's lives. Mattingly jokes at the end of the commercial about the impatience of one of the characters in the commercial by calling him a Red Sox fan. On April 13, 2008, rumors of a construction worker burying a Red Sox jersey in the concrete of the New Yankee Stadium were verified after anonymous tips led to the location of the jersey. The worker, identified as Gino Castignoli, had buried a David Ortiz jersey in what would become a service corridor in the hopes of cursing the new stadium. After extracting the jersey from underneath two feet of concrete, Yankees' President Randy Levine indicated that the shirt would be donated to the Jimmy Fund to be auctioned for the charity long associated with the Red Sox.[155]

PoliticsEdit

In October 2007, Former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani, a staunch Yankee fan, said during his presidential campaign that he was going to cheer for the Red Sox during their World Series appearance against the Colorado Rockies.[156] Giuliani justified his support of the Red Sox by proclaiming he was a fan of American League baseball. In response, next day, the New York Post and New York Daily News printed doctored photos of Giuliani as a Red Sox fan on their covers with the headlines "TRAITOR!" (Daily News) and "RED COAT" (Post).[156] Topps would parody this in a 2008 baseball card where Giuliani is CGI inserted into a picture of the Red Sox celebrating their 2007 World Series championship as if he is celebrating with them. A month later, he was asked about his support for the Red Sox by one of the questioners in a YouTube Republican Presidential Debate run by CNN. In response to the mayor's answer, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who was in office during the Red Sox 2004 win, claimed that all Americans are united in hatred of the Yankees.

Other sportsEdit

In 2002, when the New England Patriots held their victory celebration after winning their first Super Bowl and the first championship for the city of Boston since the Celtics won the 1986 NBA Championship, linebacker Larry Izzo fired up the crowd, chanting "Yankees suck!"[157] The chant would become a fixture to Patriots Super Bowl victory rallies following their victories in Super Bowls XXXVIII in 2004 and XXXIX in 2005,[158] both of which were sandwiched by the Red Sox 2004 World Series win. Dan Shaughnessy wrote about the chant: "Can you imagine a Giants or a Jets celebration in New York City in which a New York player would take the time to chant, 'Red Sox suck?Template:' "[157] It would be a Jets celebration, as a Giants celebration, like those of the New York Mets and the New York Rangers would see such chants made at Philadelphia.[157] The rivalry was played out during Super Bowl XLII in February 2008, as it was a showdown between each city's football counterpart, the New York Giants and the New England Patriots.[159][160] The Giants defeated the Patriots in what was considered one of the greatest upsets in Super Bowl history. Giants fans called this revenge for the Red Sox comeback in 2004.[161] However, during the parade and rallies, Giants players and fans didn't chant "Red Sox suck!" or "Boston sucks!" because their rivalry is with Philadelphia.[162] During the 2008 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers movie director Spike Lee, a season ticket holder of the New York Knicks wore a Yankee jersey and cap at Game 3 of the Finals in Los Angeles.[163] Lee sat behind the Boston bench while loudly cheering for the Lakers, though he has a friendship with Ray Allen of the Celtics.[163] In 2011, Miami Heat star LeBron James of the NBA worked a deal with Red Sox owner John Henry to take partial ownership of Henry's soccer subsidiary Liverpool Football Club of the English Premier League. James was criticized in the New York media for spurning New York due to his being a purported Yankee fan.[164] The New York – Boston rivalry being evident in other sports has been attributed to the rivalry (for example, the rivalries between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots in the National Football League and the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association).[159][165]

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