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Quote of the Day: Joe Torre

Sep 18, 2009, 8:50 AM EDT

“Red Sox-Yankees, that’s as crazy as it gets.”

Dodgers manager Joe Torre, doing whatever he can to support the thesis of L.A. Time writer Kevin Baxter that the Dodgers-Giants rivalry ain’t what it used to be.

Torre is damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t here. West coasters probably aren’t happy with him claiming that an east coast rivalry is the better one, but just imagine what east coasters would say if he didn’t give Red-Sox-Yankees the props they believe it deserves.

Overall, though, I don’t think that any modern rivalry can compare in tone and intensity to the rivalries of the pre-free agency period simply because the players come and go.  Back in the day, most of the intensity was driven by the participants in the rivalry.  These days, it’s almost completely a media-driven thing.

  1. scatterbrian - Sep 18, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    I’m from the Bay Area and currently live in LA County. The Giants/Dodgers rivalry is Ultimate Warrior/Randy Savage to the Yankees/Red Sox Hulk Hogan/Andre the Giant. There’s history with the Giants/Dodgers, but since they moved west and lost their proximity, the rivalry withered. I agree with the free agency point too. It’s not as though we hearken back to years of epics match-ups between AJ Burnett and Jason Bay.

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