Transmogrifier wrote:"The only way it isn't is if you're punishing Boston for once being a racist organization and for its previously inept front office. "
I don't get this part. What's the context? I think almost all the organizations were racist thanks to Judge Landis' unwritten code. And, unfortunately that was true as well of my beloved Yanks, who suffered through seasons of losing during their refusal to add black players. That's karma.
The Sox were one of the--if not the--most racist teams. Tom Yawkey, the team's previous owner, was an absolute racist scumbag. His racism hurt the team for years and years.
Transmogrifier wrote:First of all, a rivalry does not need some sort of equal competition. Look up the word.
"The point is they are fierce rivals, everyone--players, managers, fans alike gear up for these games. The stadium is electric during these games. "
"And even if you didn't think there was a rivalry over the past century, there definitely has been one this century--the teams are extremely close in competition--see previous stats"
This century is all of 5 years old. It does not suddenly erase what happened in the past. Far or near. Even within these 5 years, how many times have the 'Yanks won the division and how many times have the Sox done so? How many times have the Yanks been to the Series and how many times have the Sox?
"Tongue in cheek or not, you're off base."
Off base on what? By saying that it has not really been all that much of a rivalry, as more of a one-sided beat down? I really do not think so. Yes, they are rivals in the strictest sense of the word. But it is more of two organizations that detest each other. Yes, Red Sox have been the Yanks greatest competitors of late. That does not suddenly change history. Ok, it IS a rivalry. It's just that that one of the rivals has come out on top much moreso than the other.
BTW, most of this argument is done from a devils advocate point of view.
I laugh when people don't think Red Sox/Yankees are a rivalry. What would you're requirement for a rivalry be? They would each have to win an equal amount of division titles, and World Series? Well, then I guess there are no rivalries in sports.
Going to huge someday.
Yankees-Red Sox is a rivalry but not because the Sox have won 2 less games in the past 4 years or whatever those stats were. I agree with Trans on the points that everyone is psyched when they play eachother and the atmosphere is electric. It is a rivalry. But it's also been a beatdown for a century. There's absolutely no denying that.
Transmogrifier wrote:News flash, guys, ESPN, Fox, all of them--they are businesses. They don't have a responsibility to show all teams or a good variety. They show the games that will get them the best ratings, the most money. Guess what? That's Yanks-Sox, over and over and over.
Newsflash, a Cubs game in the local market will get better ratings than the Yankees/Red Sox rain delay update. I wish they would do some sort of regional thing, instead of this all Red Sox, all Yankee thing. Its like the entire world revolves between these teams. Especially the Red Sox. The new trendy thing is the Red Sox. They are everywhere. Ben Affleck, Jimmy Fallon, Fever Pitch, ring ceremonies everywhere, people complaining Pedro didn't show up, etc. Its like the Red Sox were the only team that hasn't won a world series in a while. (The White Sox curse is longer, for example, and yet there is no pining, movies about them and such.) Why no excessive coverage of the White Sox? After all, they are a bigger market than Boston (just city wise. I realize theres a lot more Cubs fans) And there are plenty of Cubs fans too, and there curse is even longer? Why no media blitz? Its rather silly. I wish they would realize there are 28 other teams worth covering. The Red Sox and Yanks aren't even in first place. How bout them Blue Jays?