Pacman wrote:the Sox and Yanks have as strong a rivalry as there currently is in baseball (maybe in all of North American sports?).
I have to disagree. I've been to a Yanks/Sox game in Fenway and it wasn't close to the electricity of a Red Wings/Avs game (been to one), Lakers/Kings in Arco (been to several playoff games), the apparent electricity of Duke/North Carolina (never been), or Florida/Florida St. (never been). I'm sure I'm forgetting many other, more intense rivalries...fans at the Charger/Raider games are utterly brutal. That's not to say that those are for sure better rivalries, but I sure felt it when I was there.
While I agree there may be more history between the Yankees and Red Sox than any other rivalry, it has really become a Hollywood-type rivalry. The Yankees and Red Sox, probably more than any two major league teams, make moves and bring in new players. How can a rivalry really stay a rivalry when the players are changing as often as they are? David Wells is a Red Sox now for crying out loud. When was the last time a Duke basketball player transfered to North Carolina? There are some things that shouldn't change. Pedro Martinez once said he'd rather play with the Expos for a dime than the Yankees for $100 million yet this offseason he was in heavy contract discussions with the Yankees. Idk about you, but a rivalry is supposed to leave some sort of lasting impression and I just don't see that as much as I do the other rivalries.