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After over a decade and a half, the brutal east coast baseball rivalry seems to be over for the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.
In the 2003 ALCS, the Red Sox and Yankees met for only the second time ever in the playoffs. In game 7 of the series, Brett Boone of the Yankees hit a historic home run that crushed the Red Sox hopes that season. It was an ending that Boston has seen too many times, as the curses just kept coming over and over again.
This week, after David Ortiz played his final out for the Red Sox, everyone from the historic 2004 ALCS series has retired except for Alex Rodriguez. If you don’t already know, the 2004 ALCS resulted in a story book ending: the Red Sox ending of the “Curse of the Bambino”. In the heat of a great baseball rivalry including some of the most talented players to ever play the game like Curt Schilling, Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and Mariano Rivera, the Red Sox came back from an improbable 3-0 series deficit and won four straight games to win the 2004 ALCS, and they went on to win their first World Series title since 1918.
Many fans would like to think that the era of that particular heated rivalry was the best it can get because of the strong distaste each team had for the other. In fact, many fights broke out during that time, like the historic one between Jason Varitek and Alex Rodriguez in 2004.
However, over the past few years, Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, and David Ortiz have each received very loving moments from the other respected team because of the ends of their respective careers. The real question is whether or not the new era of young studs from both teams will be a new era of rivalry and ignite something exciting again. With young players like Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts of the Red Sox and Gary Sanchez and Tyler Austin of the Yankees, can the rivalry be renewed? I would like to think so, and I know for sure that both of these teams are about to become very good again.