For more than a century it's been one of the best rivalries in sports. It's been Athens-Sparta, Celtics-Lakers, Texas-Oklahoma and Harvard-Yale.
From 1918 until 2004 it was pretty one-sided. We compared Sox-Yankees with the hammer and the nail. The Sox and Yankees had tradition, but not much competition. In a span of eight and a half decades, the Yankees won 26 World Series while the Red Sox won zero.
Everything changed in 2004. The Red Sox won their first World Series since
We had some legitimate role reversal for a few years. The Sox evolved into baseball's model franchise, developing young talent and winning a couple of World Series. Boston fans became arrogant and entitled, just like their Yankee cousins always were. Meanwhile, the Yankees spent buckets of money and won nothing.
Now the old world order has been restored and folks in New England are worried that the Boston brass is abandoning its century-long quest to compete with the Bronx Bombers.
Last week at the annual meetings in Indianapolis, the newly-crowned World Champion Yankees acquired 30-homer leadoff man
Making matters worse for New Englanders was this statement from Boston GM
" ... We're kind of in a bridge period,'' said Theo. "We still think that if we push some of the right buttons, we can be competitive at the very highest levels for the next two years. But we don't want to compromise too much of the future for that competitiveness during the bridge period.''
This is not what Red Sox fans want to hear. Not when the Yankees are getting a 30-home run leadoff hitter. Not when the Sox are in need of a boost of offense.
In the wake of Theo's unfortunate "bridge" comment, Sox officials tried to assure Boston fans that the team would remain competitive. Their track record is pretty good.
But there seems to be new resignation in the Boston front office. Sox owners continue to remind fans that the Yankees are in a league of their own when it comes to spending.
This stuff started last winter when Henry botched the
Making matters worse for Boston, the Sox may lose leftfielder
This is bad news in Boston. Sox fan worry that Bay will sign with the Angels, Mets or Mariners, then the Yankees will bag
This would widen the Boston-New York gap considerably.
Everyone agrees that the Yankees can spend the most money. It was no fun watching New York commit a half billion dollars to messrs.Teixeira,
They dished out millions for
It's absurd. Epstein, like
Epstein is touting organization prospects named
And that means "Beat the Yankees.''