May. 10, 2017
The Red Sox-Yankees Rivalry Won't Come Back Overnight
Red Sox fans asks yourselves, do you really hate the Yankees?
You say you do but you don't, and why would you? What is there to hate about the Yankees?
Is Aaron Judge too tall?
Is Chase Headley too average?
Are you still mad at Jacoby Ellsbury for wanting to make $21 million a year?
The only guy remotely hate-able on the team would be Arolidis Chapman who was accused of domestic violence by his girlfriend but no one really seems to care about that on account of inconsistencies in the victim's story and because Chapman can throw 105 MPH.
But the truth is, you don't care about those guys. You really don't care about the Yankees and you haven't in a while.
The rivalry has been dead for the whole decade and you could argue it goes back farther than that. But ever since the Yankees 2009 World Series championship both teams have been mediocre save for the Red Sox 2013 World Series championship in a year the Yankees didn't even make the playoffs.
The teams haven't met in the postseason since 2004 when the Red Sox were able to achieve the unthinkable and become the only team to battle back form a 3-0 deficit in a seven game series in the ALCS.
That was when the rivalry was arguably at it's highest as from 1999 to 2004 the teams were two of the best in the league, met 3 times in the postseason, and was filled with combustible personalities such as Pedro Martinez, Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez and Roger Clemens.
Recently? The two teams haven't even participated in the same postseason since 2009, the once interesting personas have been replaced with robots and teams like the Rays (the TAMPA BAY RAYS!) have garnered more hate from Red Sox fans in recent years.
The rivalry has also been overshadowed by other area team's rivalries. Given the Patriots success this century they always seem to be in a rotating door of hate with other teams whether it's the Colts, Ravens or Broncos. Hell, even the Jets have been more hateable than the Yankees and the Jets have sucked a majority of their existence. The Bruins rivalry with the Montreal Canadiens also overtook the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry with their four playoff series between 2008 and 2014.
But now seems different. With the Red Sox once again being a World Series contender and the Yankees sudden production of great young players, the rivalry seems to be coming to a head once again. Right? Not so fast.
It's been so long since either side hated eachother that it's going to take more than just the two teams being good to make up for lost time.
It would be easier for the hate to come back in if there was personalities worth hating on either side of the rivalry. But who's the most hate-able guy on the two clubs? David Price? Sure he's a complete softie who can't get over what people say about him but he's no where near an interesting character of past Red Sox or Yankees players.
That goes along with baseball's growing problem of shunning cultivating personalitlies like Bryce Harper or Jose Bautista who dare to celebrate after doing something worth celebrating and instead want you to worship players like Mike Trout who is a great player and probably the best in the league but has the personality of a shoe when a microphone or camera is in front of his face. I probably wouldn't even be to recognize his voice if it was playing over an audio tape.
The truth is, it's going to take more than talent to spark the rivalry its going to need characters on both sides that fans can love, hate and love to hate.
The harsh truth is the rivalry will probably never be what it once was given that baseball has been replaced by football as America's past time and that polarizing stars in baseball today are almost non-existent.