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About Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees

Jan 5, 1920 will live in infamy for Boston fans. It was the day New York Yankees signed heavy hitting outfielder George Herman ‘Babe’ Ruth from the Red Sox. Sold for a princely sum of $125,000 and the mortgage on Fenway Park, many historians believe this trade marked the beginning of one of the fiercest rivalries in competitive sports. To put it in perspective, before Babe Ruth became a Yankee, the Boston Red Sox were perhaps the most successful baseball franchise in the MLB. With five World Series titles already to their name – the Yankees had none - the Red Sox dominated both their division as well as the league. However, that cold January day in 1920 changed everything as it gave birth to both a rivalry and a curse for the Red Sox.

Red Sox-Yankees Rivalry – Unforgettable Moments

No rivalry is complete without intense moments. Whether it was the 1941 rivalry within a rivalry when Ted Williams went up against the Yankee Clipper Joe DiMaggio or the all out brawl between Thurman Munson and Robert Fisk at Fenway Park in 1973, the Red Sox-Yankee rivalry is full of unforgettable moments. Here are a few that define this fierce rivalry.

Longest Game Ever At Yankee Stadium

In 1967, a mere two months after the double header brawl started by the pitchers, the Yankees hosted the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium for the longest game (by innings) ever. The Yankees ended up winning 4-3 in the 20th inning.

Reversing the Curse: 2004 ALCS

After a frustrating wait of 86 years, the Red Sox claimed the World Series in grand fashion in 2004. It all began with the ALCS where the Red Sox were down three games in the series against the Yankees and faced a probable elimination in the fourth. However, an amalgamation of events – Dave Roberts stealing second and Dave Ortiz’s (Big Papi) 12th inning home run – turned things around. The Red Sox went on to win the remaining games against the Yankees and go on to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals to win their first World Series since 1918.

‘Boston Loves New York’

A rare display of respect and love was witnessed when Boston fans held up ‘Boston Loves New York’ signs after the attacks on September 11th . The 2001 attacks were a devastating event that brought these two fierce rivals temporarily together. Twelve years later, the Yankees reciprocated by displaying a banner that said ‘We Stand United’ with Yankees and Red Sox logos at Yankee Stadium after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

A History of Match Ups

The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees have played against each other for more than a century. Here is how the Boston Red Sox have fared against their New York rivals.

Games Played Losses Wins Wins %age Home Wins-Losses Away Wins-Losses
2,255 1,228 1,013 .449 559-564 454-664

In addition, the Red Sox have scored 9,862 runs and given away 10,868 runs against the Yankees. As far as the post season is concerned, the Boston Red Sox have met the Yankees on three occasions 1999, 2003 and 2004. Even though the Yankees lead 2 – 1 in the post season, the Red Sox had the last laugh when they won the 2004 ALCS with a blowout in game 7 at Yankee Stadium.

Players that made this Rivalry Great

The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry brought out the best of American baseball. This is evident from the players who graced Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and Fenway Park in Boston. Starting with the Yankees, it was Babe Ruth who helped both the Yankees and the Red Sox achieve multiple World Series titles. Mickey Mantle is another Yankee who played an instrumental role in the team’s success. If Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig helped establish the Yankee dynasty, it was the Core Four – Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera – who carried the Yankees into the new millennium.

For the Boston Red Sox, it was Ted Williams who challenged the Yankee Clipper for the AL MVP in 1941. Plus first baseman Carl Yastrzemski, who played with the Boston Red Sox for 23 seasons during which he became an eighteen time All Star and a seven time Gold Glove winner. Even though Yastrzemski would lose out on World Series titles, he helped the Red Sox make it to two World Series in 1967 and 1975. Yastrzemski’s dream to win the World Series was eventually realized by David Ortiz and Pedro Martinez in 2004. But it would be unfair not to mention Carlton Fisk, Manny Ramirez, Cy Young and Rogers Clemens who truly made this rivalry great.

Red Sox take on the Yankees. Don’t miss out!

The upcoming MLB season is expected to be exciting and full of surprises, especially when Red Sox take on the New York Yankees. If you’re looking for Boston Red Sox Vs New York Yankees tickets, then you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees schedule and to get the best seats make sure you also go through Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium seating charts. Cheap New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox tickets are available here.

Frequently Asked Questions About Yankees vs Red Sox

What is the biggest rivalry in the MLB?

One of the oldest and most famous sports rivalry ever is between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. The teams have played each other for over 100 years which means that many generations have seen the rivals battle ever years on the field. See a Red Sox vs Yankees game live to catch the greatest rivalry of all time.

How much are Yankees Red Sox tickets?

You don’t have to be Boston or New York fans to want to see the Red Sox play the Yankees, so tickets prices are very competitive. CheapTickets has cheap tickets available for every Sox vs Yankees game, check the schedule to find the best game for you.

How many times have the Yankees beat the Red Sox?

The two teams have played each other for over 100 seasons and both teams have seen some of the best baseball players on their rosters. After 2,272 meetings, the Yankees have won more games with 1,216 victories against the Red Sox. The intense rivals have also had games that ended in ties over the many years of playing each other.

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