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Yankees-Red Sox: not as big a deal as it usually is

May 17, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

Yankees Red Sox rivalry.jpgHow often do the Yankees face the Red Sox and have the mere fact of the matchup not be the biggest thing going that week?  That’s certainly the case this week as, at least by my reckoning, the two-game tilt with the Sox ranks third or maybe fourth on the Bronx Bombers’ hype-o-meter.  Above it:

  • Coming to grips with the Mariano Meltdown yesterday.  Like I said earlier today, I think Mo will be just fine — we all have bad days at work sometimes — but you can bet that the team will be asked many more questions about yesterday’s aberration before tonight’s game than they will about the Red Sox;
  • The Rays series. The Yankees took two of three from the Rays back in the first week of the season, but that was before we all got our minds around how good the Rays are.  Two games against the team you’re trailing in the standings > two games against a scuffling Red Sox squad, and that’s the case no matter how much lip service the Yankees pay the Sox today and tomorrow;
  • The Subway Series kicks off this weekend with three games at Citi Field.  Maybe the players are above it all, but the press and the fans in New York are probably wondering if the Yankees can deliver a knockout blow to the Jerry Manuel era with a decisive series. That is, if Manuel even survives the week.

So yes, Yankees-Red Sox is a big deal and, usual ESPN-bashing notwithstanding, it is probably the best matchup going tonight and thus worthy of the national broadcast (that is, unless San Francisco and San Diego want to move their game to 4:05 PM Pacific Time). 

But it ain’t the kind of big news it usually is, and probably isn’t even the biggest thing on the Yankees’ mind this week.

  1. YankeesfanLen - May 17, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    It takes quite a while, which in baseball terms, decades, for rivalries to form and now we’re saying that this CENTURY-old tradition isn’t what it used to be. Seems like a couple of decades ago, we also relished Yanks-O’s. They didn’t keep up the end of the bargain, but this one will not end in anyone’s lifetime.

  2. Ray O'Rama - May 17, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    The Yankees and Red Sox can hang up their jock straps NOW.
    This season is all about the amazing Tampa Bay Rays.
    Both high spending pretenders will be further and further in
    the Rays’ rear-view mirror. Mark this post. Mark this date.

  3. Pat - May 17, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    As a die hard Yankees fan I always get that nervous feeling when they play The Red Sox. BUT, I agree with some of the other posts. The Sox are not the team they have been in the past and the Yankees have. SO, GOOOOOOO Yankees!

  4. mick-7-1961 - May 17, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    Hold on to your early season glee over the Rays, Ray O’Rama…come July, they’ll be a distant memory…sort of like last year’s Blue Jays. (I will admit, however, that it’s hard not to like the Rays), but it’s the Yankees who again, will prevail.

  5. GerryM - May 17, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    The rivalry will outlive us all. That’s because there are fathers of fans from both teams teaching how important it is to despise the other team. Regardless of how the season goes, I always take some joy if the Yankees beat the Sox in the regular season. Same with the Mets. Now you can add the Angels to that list.

  6. Carrie - May 17, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Pistol, if you are a true sport fan, you are what is wrong with the fans in NY, most are cool, just regular peeps enjoying baseball, and cheering for their team, and then there is you…the rivalry may be tamed some, but that is because they played each other three times already in 36 games…so that is 9 out of 36…while the RS have only played TB once…but in New England and NY it will be a big deal, the rest of the world doesn’t need to concern themselves with it…and it’s a long season, and injuries happen, and who knows what will happen come October…

  7. mgflolox - May 17, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    Well, I think the players on both teams take it pretty damn seriously. As a Bay Area native, I can tell you that Giants vs. Dodgers is every bit as intense to fans out here, whether the rest of the country cares or not (even though it was pretty one-sided from ’72-’85). I think it makes the regular season more fun if you have a real rival.
    Captcha editorial comment? that glut

  8. YankeesfanLen - May 17, 2010 at 11:06 PM

    If anyone wants to dispute this rivalry, kindly review tonight’s little 4 hour marathon highlighted by ARod. OK, Thames got the pie but it wasn’t some kind of 1-0 NL nonsense.
    And this with a still suspect line-up.

  9. BIg Harold - May 18, 2010 at 12:11 AM

    “Who care about the 2,3 place teams Show the Rays games”
    Even Rays fans don’t care about Rays games. Without the Yankees or Red Sox what do the Rays average in attendance, fifteen thousand a game?

  10. dp - May 18, 2010 at 12:35 AM

    The only thing to mark down is your on LSD on this date . If the Rays have anywhere near the injuries the Yankees or Boston has had it would be over for them. They don’t have the depth to replace a starter . So you better hope they stay healthy for them to have any chance . The Yankees will wear them down . Remember where you heard it .

  11. Sonny - May 18, 2010 at 12:41 AM

    As another Yankee fan , you saw what happened tonight the Yankees are all banged up and they still found a way to kick the Blosux ass . The Yankees own Papelbum , they’ve always hit him like they own him , tonight they proved it again.

  12. YANKEES1996 - May 18, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    Ray O’Rama – How in the world can the Yankees be referred to as pretenders?, were you out of the country in the fall of ’09? The Yankees beat the same team that the Rays faltered to and won the World Series for the 27th time in the teams history. How many World Series Championships have the Rays won? The fact is this, the Yanks are 2 games out of first place and the injury bug is hitting them at full force right now, tell me, if the Rays were as banged up as the Yankees are right now what would the Rays chances be of being in first place? Let me answer for you, the answer is ZERO!

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