Off the Cuff Vol. 4: The Baseball Gods Work Their Magic

Posted on September 15, 2011


By Jeremy Sickel

The rivalry between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox transcends the game of baseball itself.  It goes much deeper than the balls and strikes that America’s pastime is mainly comprised of.  With examples as recent as the celebrated comeback in the 2004 ALCS or the ridiculously lopsided exchange of Babe Ruth in 1919 and everything in between and since, this rivalry has become the greatest spectacle in sports; not to mention, the two teams have firmly cemented themselves as the two best teams in the American League, if not in all of baseball.

The rivalry itself is fueled by fans and players, past and present, with a fiery aversion towards one another and all that encompasses either team; down to the mere thought of navy blue pinstripes or crimson colored stockings.

On Tuesday night the distaste took another turn as the two longest tenured players for each of these teams reached major career milestones within hours of each other.  First, Tim Wakefield, renowned knuckleballer, finally reached his 200th career win after 8 tries as the Red Sox crushed the Blue Jays by the score of 18-6.  Later in the night Mariano Rivera, the greatest relief pitcher in the game’s vast history, watched as Ichiro was gunned down trying to steal 2nd base to earn his 600th career save…all with the Yankees.

The timing of these two feats, orchestrated by the baseball gods themselves, for certain, sparked tons of back and forth jabs amongst the fans of each team and the entire baseball world.  This is yet another example of why this rivalry will lead the game and its fans into the next generation.

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