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A Tribute to the Most Overrated Rivalry in Baseball

Yes, I’m talking about the Yankees and the Red Sox. You’re probably shaking your head.

But let’s face it. The rivalry is everywhere. Whenever the two teams face off, you can bet your house and your car that every game will be televised nationally. And if that’s not enough, it will be the first highlight on SportsCenter.

I guess what I’m saying is, “Less is more.”

The rivalry has its history, i know, and the two teams have the biggest fan bases in all of baseball, I get it. but there’s no denying that some fans are getting tired of this overhyped matchup.

And now we have to watch it on opening day.

ESPN has had exclusive rights to televise the first game of the MLB season for quite some time. With all of the opening day excitement, people will tune in regardless of who is playing, and since the Yanks and Sox will get great ratings no matter what time of season, why not give some other teams the chance to have the spotlight?

Because that would make too much sense.

Now, I don’t want anyone to believe that I hate this rivalry. In fact, I believe that Yankees vs. Red Sox in September is some of the best baseball a fan will watch. What I’m saying is that this rivalry is simply not what it used to be, for a number of reasons.

I blame it on the 2003 and 2004 playoffs. This is when the rivalry reached its most recent peak. In ’03, we had the Martinez-Zimmer incident, as well as the epic game 7 in the ALCS, the game that the Red Sox spent the entire ’04 season avenging.

And did they ever. The 3-0 comeback the Red Sox pulled off in the ALCS that year is one of the best stories in the history of professional sports.

But maybe Boston’s World Series title is what put the dagger in the rivalry for fans like myself.

For years, fans wanted to see the Red Sox break the curse. Every time they came up just short, baseball nation rooted for them that much more. When they finally won the title–and made a four year mini-dynasty, they stopped caring. And with the emergence of the Rays as a legitimate contender, the rivalry has certainly lost its charm.

I used to joke that I likes any team that beat the Yankees. Now, I say like any team that beats the Yankees–and LOVE any team the beats the Red Sox.

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