Us Against Them…

The” Rivalry continues…



When I was a kid, the Yankees chief rival seemed to fluctuate between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles.  But for the last decade (or so it seems), the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry has been the most intense rivalry in sports.  Well, at least from my perspective…



I lived in Dallas during the early 1990’s so I enjoyed the passion and the fire of the rivalry between the Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers.  I hated the 49ers during those years.  But in the grand scheme of things, the rivalry was short-lived since it is hard to maintain dominance in the parity-balanced NFL.




Now, residing near San Francisco, I recently attended a game between the Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers.  The Dodgers-Giants rivalry has been billed as very intense, but the game felt like a little league game compared to Yankees-Red Sox. 




So, this is a great time to be a fan of the Yankees…or if you must, HER team…



Tonight, the Yankees made it ‘Advantage Scott’ in the latest wager between Julia and me.  The Yankees emerged victorious with a 9-5 victory over the Red Sox to take the first game of a three-game set.


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First and foremost, I want to say that I am glad Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester was not seriously hurt tonight.   He took a liner off the bat of Melky Cabrera in the 3rd inning, and the ball struck near his right knee.  He collapsed to the ground in pain, but X-Rays showed that he had suffered only a contusion in the quadriceps above the right knee.  I may “hate” the Red Sox, but Lester has been one of my favorite players.  He has been fantastic this season and he continues his progression toward elite status.  Not that I want the Red Sox to do well in the play-offs , but Lester is vital to their success and I am glad that he’ll be ‘in the game’.


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After starting the season 0-8 against the Red Sox, the Yankees have won 7 of 8.  It has been a complete reversal of the early season results.  Hopefully, the trend continues into October because these two teams are destined to meet again.

The Yankees started the scoring first with a run in the bottom of the first inning.  Derek Jeter had left off the inning with a single and advanced with a stolen base, the first of 7 bags swiped on the night.  With two outs, Alex Rodriguez scored Jeter with a single.  It would prove to be a big night for the man who was almost a Red Sox (or is it Sock?) as he also had a two-run homer in the third and a run-scoring double in the sixth.  His homer in the third set a Yankees single season record for most home runs at home with 127.  Home sweet home…


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After missing all of April and part of May, A-Rod has a shot for 100 RBI’s.  With 4 RBI’s tonight against the Red Sox, he has 93 with 8 games left.  Very impressive…


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A-Rod, of all people, had three stolen bases.



It was a quality start for Joba Chamberlain, who went 6 innings.  He gave up 5 hits, 3 runs, and 1 walk.  He struck out 5.  The performance earned Joba his 9th victory of the season (against 6 losses).   He is clearly slotted for the bullpen when the play-offs begin (assuming that the Yankees win best record and their pick of the ideal play-off format), but it is good to see him regain a good form.


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Hey Jonathan Albaladejo, I hear that the Pittsburgh Pirates are very interested in you.  I’d go with them if I were you.


Outside of the performance of a future Pirates pitcher, it was a good night for the Yanks bullpen.  A return to good health for David Robertson is all that this unit needs for October success.  He didn’t pitch tonight, but I am still amazed that I am blessed to see the Hall of Fame career of closer Mariano Rivera.  He caught the opening pitch by Panamanian president  Ricardo Martinelli, who wore the prestigious #42 jersey.


Bill Kostroun/AP


I felt that the only thing the Yankees needed to do to win the AL East was to win one game of this series, so that objective has been achieved.  But my fear remains.  If the Red Sox clinch the Wild Card slot during this series, they could become the first team to celebrate with champagne on the new Yankee Stadium grounds.  The thought of that is horrific.  Maybe the Sox won’t celebrate the Wild Card (like the Yankees win they clinched the play-off spot).  After all, the Red Sox have won 2 of the last 5 World Series so just making the play-offs is no longer an excitement in Boston.  Their magic number remains 3 with the loss, and a Texas Rangers win (they beat the long-forgotten Tampa Bay Rays, 8-3).  All it takes is any combination of Red Sox wins and Ranger losses to clinch the Wild Card spot, so the risk of Sox champagne on Yankees carpet is very high.  Of course, a Yankees sweep would give the Bronx Bombers the AL East Championship so that would be a great defensive mechanism!



Alright, one down, two to go.  Let’s go Yankees!  J




  1. crzblue2

    The Dodgers Jint rivalry could be better if they had a better team in JINT country. It used to be better when Barroid was with them and they in turn hated that Jeff Kent was playing for the Dodgers but it used to worst. Remember the time Juan Marichal hit Roseboro with the bat not one but THREE times? Roseboro had to have 14 stiches to close the gash. You can read about here.

    Congratulations on the win.

  2. juliasrants

    Sorry Scott – but the Red Sox due plan on celebrating when they clinch their play off spot. It will be a great way to celebrate a Sunday afternoon – don’t you think? šŸ˜‰ Thanks for your good wishes towards Jon Lester – that shot off his knee was scary. And no, there are few rivalries that match the Red Sox and the Yankees. Here in Boston – I can only think of the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadians. Yes, fine – I’m one game down to you – but I see that changing today! GO RED SOX!!


  3. Erin Kathleen

    Oh, I don’t know, the Twins and White Sox have a pretty heated rivalry. Ours has Ozzie Guillen in it, too, which makes everything about 1000000% more interesting. There’s also quite a bit of hostility between the Twins and Indians, but it’s hard to consider Cleveland rivals since they’ve pretty much fallen apart.-Erin

  4. Elizabeth D.

    Hi Scott,
    Last year, I attended a Dodgers vs Giants game and it was so intense! I’m surprised it isn’t talked about more or broadcasted more. It was quite the enjoyable game. But you’re definitely right–it doesn’t compare to this rivalry. I admire you for your thoughts on Lester. Sometimes it’s just about the love of the game itself

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