On Monday February 19th it was announced that power hitting slugger, J.D. Martinez, signed with the Boston Red Sox. This means one and one thing only, the Yankees – Red Sox rivalry is officially back! In a postseason where the Yankees came within one win of getting into the World Series, they then followed that up with acquiring reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton for pennies on the dollar. The entire Red Sox organization knew that a move needed to be made to match the Yankees, and thanks to J.D. they’re now set.
The Yankees – Red Sox rivalry has existed for as long as baseball’s been around. You can’t think of the sport without immediately thinking of this historic rivalry. Whether it’s Schilling’s bloody sox, Aaron Boone’s historic Game 7 ALCS walk off HR, or Jeter’s infamous driving grab, the list goes on and on. Oh and by the way thanks for Babe Ruth, Boston.
It had been seen over the past few years that this rivalry was not what it once was. Constant stints of mediocrity. But with arguably the two biggest moves in the entire offseason, and both coming off 90+ win seasons, this rivalry is back on schedule. The future postseason and in-season games to come are sure to be must watch TV. Not to jump the gun, but at this point it’s almost fitting to say, “See you in October.”