Well friends, it’s almost October. For many of you that only means one thing – post-season Major League baseball! One of the big stories this year is that the Boston Red Sox won’t be in it!
It’s been a strange end of the season, with Red Sox fans rooting for their hated rivals, the New York Yankees, to beat a team that would let them gain the wild card. Does it ever make you wonder, though, why these teams don’t like each other?
The cities of Boston and New York have always been rivals, but when both got professional baseball teams in the 1900s things really picked up. The Boston Red Sox were the dominant team from 1901 to 1918, even winning the very first World Series in 1903. Things changed when the Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees and started the “Curse of the Bambino.”
From 1919-2004 the Boston Red Sox never won the World Series (despite typically being one of the best teams in baseball) while the Yankees won an absurd number of Word Series rings. Despite this vast margin, the team rivalry is fairly close in the postseason, with the Yankees barely edging them out by 11-8.
Still, that doesn’t exactly solve WHY the teams are such rivals, but that’s how rivalries usually are. They make sports more fun and games more competitive, but just always remember that good sportsmanship comes first! So be nice to the Red Sox fans this year and try to not let the Yankees fans brag too much.