I'm so sorry. I'll make sure I properly verify everything from now on. Is wikipedia an accepted source to put in my footnotes?
My point was, neither the Yankees nor the Red Sox had had a captain in quite some time. After an 8 year stint without a captain, Jeter was appointed on June 3, 2003 (per wikipedia, under "Derek Jeter").
A mere 18 months and 20 days later, the Red Sox ended an even longer captainless drought of 16 years by naming Jason Varitek captain (per Gordon Edes, writer, Boston Globe).
When comparing it to the length of time both clubs did not have captains, 18 months doesn't seem like a huge interval. I just found it odd that the Red Sox would decide to rekindle the tradition only a few months (and by a few, I mean 18) after the Yankees decided to do the same.
If I recall correctly, there was quite a bit of publicity about the appointing of Jeter as captain, due to the fact that the position was empty for 8 years (unfortunately, I do not have evidence to support this. Please don't get upset if there wasn't "quite a bit," as I said. There may or may not have been only "a bit.")
I also recall listening to WEEI and hearing the Boston radio station DJ's commenting on how Varitek's appointment seemed to be more of a "one up" on the Yankees, than a legitimate honor. Unfortunately, WEEI's website does not have transcripts of the actual broadcasts from 2004, so you'll have to take my word for it. If you can stomach it... [/b]
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