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Rivals: Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees

What’s a curse?  Is it a false belief?  Or can it be classified as reality?  Have you ever broken a mirror and received 7 years of bad luck?  Has a black cat crossed your path and caused you folly?  Well, if you ask any Boston Red Sox fan about “curses” they’ll try to prove their existence.

The Curse of the Bambino: a thing of legend!  This magical spell forever changed the face of sports! When Babe Ruth was sold to the New York Yankees for pennies, the Boston Red Sox failed to win a World Series for over 86 years!

For over 100 years these franchises have waged war in the East.  In the early days the Red Sox were kings.  They won numerous titles from 1903-1918 and continuously crushed their pin-striped rivals.  Then, as mentioned above, in 1919 Harry Frazee sold the ‘Sultan of Swat’ to the New York Yankees.

And so… The Curse of the Bambino was born:

From 1920 through to 2003, the Yankees won 26 World Series championships and 39 pennants; compared to only four pennants for the Red Sox. During this time, the Red Sox finished second in the standings to the Yankees on twelve occasions—in 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1949, 1978, and every year from 1998 to 2003. Within these 84-years the Yankees finished with a better regular-season record than the Red Sox 66 times!

Over this time the hatred between these franchises grew considerably.  Who could forget former Red Sox star Roger Clemens pitching against his old teammates? Or when Pedro Martinez took down 72 year old Don Zimmer of the Yankees?  Classic.

Then in 2004, a year which will always be cherished in Red Sox lore, the Curse of the Bambino was finally broken.  When the Red Sox faced the Yankees in the ALCS Championship, down three games to none, the Sox sported the greatest comeback in baseball history and went on to win the World Series!

Since then these two power-houses have traded blood, sweat and championships.  Any time these teams face-off there are fireworks.  Even off the field they battle to the death!  Being the highest-spending teams in baseball they constantly fight over the right to sign players’ year in and year out.

This rivalry has divided households, friendships, and country-men all because of one owner’s loss and another cities gain!  Next time one of these teams is in town I suggest you go watch!  Better yet, if you can make it out to New York or Boston to see these two play in person… it’ s worth the curse!


  • Anonymous


    Last night after getting home from the premiere I sat down and got a sneek-peak at this gem… I seriously read it over a dozen times. It is a great story and it even led me to investigate on my own. Great work Big Bro!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks JMG! Feels good to be back writing some sports! This is one of the greatest stories in all of Sports and even had Stephen King write about it!

      Stay tuned, got 4 more coming!

      • Anonymous

        Can’t wait for that Lakers Vs. Celtics!!! I can’t wait to see Bird Vs. Magic –> Kobe Vs. Allen!

  • Anonymous

    Awesome post! what great recount of the epic tale. Such a strong rivalry.

    • Anonymous

      That’s B. It’s a rivalry that has movie-type moments to it.

  • Chris Elliott

    This was really well written dude. I’d say probably your best. Great perspective and storytelling.

    It makes me want to go to a Yankees/Sox game so badly!

    • Anonymous

      I’m so upset I didn’t see the old Yankee stadium before it closed but the new one is supposed to eb amazing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000583209773 Sabrina Camp

    great blog john.
    i didn’t even know alot of this stuff.
    learn something new everyday ;)

    • Anonymous

      Thanks! Sometimes sports are played off as just fleeting and thrill of the moment type stories but when it comes to some sports stories they are better than any novel out there!

      Thanks for reading!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Wood/541180607 Adam Wood

    Great write, there are few rivalries bigger then this (UNC vs. Duke, Leafs vs. Canadians, Palmer vs. Nicklaus, Ali vs. Frazer, etc) but when it comes to baseball … this is by far number one.

    If we didn’t have these two colossal franchises in our (Blue Jays) division, we might not have a team anymore strictly of ticket sales

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for reading homie.
      Great observations, I agree. And stay tuned, I got 4 more coming and a few of the ones on your list just may make the cut!

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