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Bomber baseball is booming as ‘The Rivalry’ is renewed in the Bronx

The most intense rivalry in Major League Baseball has made its return for the 2018 season, and the fans are all here for it.

The New York Yankees took first place in the American League East from the Boston Red Sox after a playoff-like series in the Bronx held from May 8-10.

Although there were no suspensions this time around, the rivalry was clearly present, with a sold-out Yankee Stadium chanting “Boston sucks” before the first pitch was even thrown.

The nadir of the rivalry was enough to make the comeback even more exciting. With the Yankees and Red Sox now being the top two teams in the entire Major League, not just the American League, the stir-crazy fans can look forward to a somewhat exciting matchup.

Unfortunately for Yankees fans, the past few years have been spent clinging to a rivalry with no
real fire.

Of course, there has been animosity between the two cities in all sports, but nothing like what fans saw before the lull and nothing like what they are seeing now.

The bench-clearing brawl on April 11 at Fenway Park, between Yankees’ first baseman Tyler Austin and Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly, was enough to trigger fans’ memories of A-Rod and Jason Varitek’s brawl in 2004 after a similar hit-by-pitch scene.

I remember how actively my dad’s family from New York and my mom’s misguided family from Boston represented their respective teams prior to and during that 2004 season.

This was the season in which the Red Sox came back from a 0-3 deficit to beat the Yankees in the American League Championship Series and win the World Series.

April through October of that year brought some major hostility in our households, especially with constant references to “26-6,” the Yankees’ then World Series record in relation to the Red Sox’s.

At such a young age, it was exciting to see such excitement and resentment surround Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park.

The past five to seven years have been spent waiting for its
return.

It looks like the fire has finally been reignited, and the atmosphere resembling that of the playoffs is unmatched.

Both teams’ lineups are forces to be reckoned with. For the Yankees, the whole lineup from veteran Brett Gardner to the newest “Baby Bomber,” Gleyber Torres,
is strong.

After winning 17 games out of 18, it seems every game brings a new hero. For the Red Sox, Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez lead the lineup in all aspects.

With these two winning teams playing the way they do, it’s no wonder why the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry is back.

The best part of it all is not only bringing the emotionally charged heat back between the fans, but seeing the players add fuel to
the fire.

The rivalry has been reignited, and it just feels so right.

May 15, 2018

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