Monday, February 08, 2010

Countdown to Spring Training: 9 Days

We’re another day closer to Spring Training, so it’s time for another video to get your baseball-blood pumping.

The Yankees/Red Sox rivalry is one of the most well-known in all of sports.

The rivalry—which was, at best, simmering for much of the ‘80s and ‘90s—seemed to reach a boiling point in the past decade.

This is probably because ESPN did everything in its power to convince us that every game is a life or death exchange. Granted plenty of on-field dustups didn’t do much to dispel that notion.

Today’s moment comes from the 2003 American League Championship Series between the Yankees and Red Sox:

[Disclaimer: This isn't the actual video I was looking for, obviously, but the original video wouldn't allow me to embed the video. You can check out the original version by clicking HERE.]

I remember watching that series and, more specifically, that game from wire-to-wire, hoping and praying that the Red Sox would finally get the monkey off their back and rally past the Yankees.

As a Twins fan, I was already disgruntled with the Bronx Bombers for sending my boys back to Minnesota after the first round.

Plus, as a baseball fan, you want to see something special when you watch a game and the Sox finally getting passed the Yanks would have qualified.

Obviously it wasn’t meant to be as Boone crushed the first pitch Wakefield showed him into the seats.

In the end, the Yankees went on to lose the World Series to the upstart Florida Marlins who had rallied to get by another supposedly cursed franchise, the Chicago Cubs in what was an equally exciting NLCS.

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