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It Has Begun: The 2012 Red Sox-Yankees Rivalry

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The 2012 Red Sox-Yankees Rivalry

Baseball Fans Rejoice as the Two Teams Start their Season

Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees RivalryBaseball season takes up nearly half of the year, and that half of the year has just begun. For those that live on the Northeast coast of the United States, there are only two teams to don your rally cap for: the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. Sorry Mets, but your team has struggled to have a winning season in the past three years within the less competitive NL East.

The historic rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox undoubtedly draws extra attention from sports programming. It feeds the dramatic discussion regarding the ever-evolving dynasties in which the pride of Red Sox nation depends on its ability to defeat the contrasting New York Yankees, and vice versa. Such overzealous passion for a game beyond our control gives us extra reason to cheer loud in the hopes that our energy will be heard and shift the momentum of the game in our team’s favor. Maybe that is the ultimate joy of a sports fan: feeling he had something to do with the outcome. We see the victories as those of our own, rightfully donning rose-colored sunglasses in the glow of a World Series trophy.

The Red Sox are “the force” and the Yankees represent the “dark side.” The Red Sox are the grizzled lumberjacks and the Yankees are the clean-cut over-serious businessmen. Such cliché analogies seem to hold true for those of us that cling to the mythology of baseball in which our fantastic expectations await satisfaction. Such easily overworked aggrandizing irks the surrounding sports world, makes them jealous, but what can we do? We’re simply enjoying the Roman self-indulgent affair, feasting on hot dogs and chugging beer! What was I talking about again? Damn I’m psyched. See how the rivalry works its way into an overcomplicated life and makes things simple? Humanity loves to criticize and overcomplicate that which is black and white, but please: keep your prying hands off of this.

Nothing will ever match the nail-biting playoff series of 2004 in which the tables of the rivalry turned, and the rug was pulled out from under the Yankees feet. While both teams have won a World Series since then, I believe that the intensity of the rivalry has faded a little. That is why I am excited for 2012. With the personnel change and the spoiled fans of both sides ready to kill each other again, things will be different this year but still the same: one, two, three strikes your out at the old ballllll game!

2012 offers a brand new scenario for fans of both sides, which figures to reinvigorate the passion of fans and players alike. The New York Yankees have a better team on paper, but the Boston Red Sox have a new manager who does not seem to care. The mild-mannered and player-protecting Terry Francona is gone. Bobby Valentine now sits in his chair, a sharp-tongued and provocative presence. His attitude and quickness to fuel an already heated rivalry seems too quirky for a managerial position. Already some are criticizing his approach. His anxiousness to feed the media may result in added sensational questions after the game, and distract the players.

Regardless, the presence of this new manager and his banning of beer in the locker room have already shaped the image of a new year. As the world around us modernizes, the rivalry remains a vestige of early American culture. When it comes to choosing between the two teams one can’t be on the fence, unless reaching to grab the game winning home run.

Ezra Prior is a Contributor to The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.


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