Over the last few seasons’ things have been become quieter and tamer in comparison to the bench clearing brawls of the late 90’s and early 00’s.
Boston and New York fans live for these 18 games every season because so much pride is on the line.
Heading into 2011 season, every Tom, Dick and Harry has staked claim that it is the World Series or bust for the Red Sox. Leaving the Yankees with the Wild Card as their only viable hope of getting into the postseason.
Maybe it’s because this off-season could not have gone more differently, as Boston signed two monsters in Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez and the Yankees lost two giants in Cliff Lee and Andy Pettitte.
Don’t get to cocky yet Red Sox nation, as when you get to the nitty gritty and compare players position by position the teams don’t look all that different.
Getting Gonzalez would be huge for any team, but the Red Sox needed to get a player of his caliber to match Yankees Mark Teixeira. Tex is no slouch and it was a hole for Boston, especially after losing Adrian Beltre and Victor Martinez’s power bats in the line-up.
Overall, things are pretty even but even though I am a Yankees fan, realistically the Bombers have a slight edge.
Here is my breakdown (click picture to enlarge) of the Red Sox vs. Yankees, position by position (pitching post is coming shortly) and which team has the stronger player.
- Red Sox might be the favorites, but Yankees aren’t far behind (sportingnews.com)
- Tex lookin’ for an A-plus April (nypost.com)
- Crawford gets up to speed (boston.com)
- New York Yankees: Are They Really American League East Underdogs? (bleacherreport.com)
- Spring Training 2011 Question Of The Day: Boston Red Sox (sbnation.com)
- Red Sox: Gonzalez, Cameron, Navarro, more (thebaseballblog10.wordpress.com)