Red Sox-Yankees rivalry takes center stage, winner advances, loser goes home


It was Throwback Tuesday at former Fenway, featuring the Red Sox and Yankees in a wildcard duel for the right to go ahead and play in the League Division’s 2021 series. American. The winner continues. The loser goes home. History, honor and sorrow were all at stake. It was like the good old days of 2004, 2003, 1978 and 1949. Babe Ruth’s ghost hovered over Fenway.

“No need for a rah-rah speech,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. “It’s the Red Sox-Yankees who have a chance to advance.

“I think this game will be very good for baseball,” said Sox center fielder Kiké Hernández. “We have faced adversity all year. We’re going to find a way to win this game. ”

The Red Sox got off to a good start when de facto team royal captain Xander Bogaerts, owner of two World Series rings, spanked a two-run homer to center on a starter’s 2-1 pitch. $ 324 million Yankees Gerrit Cole at the bottom of the first.

It was what all Boston fans were hoping for. An early lead was important in this game.

There were omens, some bad, everywhere.

The evening number for the Massachusetts Monday Lottery was 1-9-7-8. Ouch. It was as if a occult hand had reached out and selected the ping pong balls that would most frighten the Red Sox nation.

Nineteen seventy-eight lives in infamy as the worst of times for Boston fans regarding the Yankees. It was the year the Sox lost a 14-game lead for first place and ended up being eliminated by the Yankees in a one-game match at Fenway on October 2. It was the day Bucky Dent changed everything with a pop fly, three-run homer from Mike Torrez.

Dent was at Fenway to celebrate his 43-year-old homer Tuesday. The 69-year-old former shortstop predicted a victory for the Yankees and said he believes New York center fielder Brett Gardner could be the Bucky Dent of 2021. Dent had four seats in field box 47 , row M.

Yankees manager Aaron (mid-F initial) Boone is no stranger to the fury and folklore of this steel-cage game. Boone hit the home run of Tim Wakefield which catapulted the Yankees into the 2003 World Series at the expense of the Red Sox.

“I am very grateful to have had a moment in such a special rivalry,” said Boone. “Maybe someone else will have a moment. Hope for the [pin] plotters. . . Bucky and I are doing signings together. We have the same middle name together. It’s the fun of this game. ”

Jerry Remy, battling cancer again, making his first appearance at Fenway since leaving the broadcast booth in early August, stepped out from under the central court bleachers to make the first ceremonial pitch. Dennis Eckersley was Remy’s wide receiver. Both were part of the unfortunate Red Sox of 1978. Nice touch. Many tributes to the history of this legendary rivalry.

It was the first win-win game involving the Red Sox and Yankees since Game 7 of the iconic 2004 American League Championship Series, when the Sox rallied to a three-game-to-none deficit and have won four games in a row, qualifying for the World Series (which they won for the first time since 1918) with an “easy” 10-3 victory.

When it was reported to Hernández that the Yankees at the end of the regular season had chosen to play Boston instead of Toronto in a tiebreaker (which did not materialize), he said: “ We knew it. We don’t really talk about it. They wanted us and they have us now. ”

The Red Sox were without slugger JD Martinez, who twisted his left ankle as he stepped on second base as he ran to his outfield position in Sunday’s big win over the Nationals. It was an incredible blunder. Second Base has been on the baseball field for over 150 years.

“JD has been walking on this bag for 10 years,” Cora said. “But you have to adapt to this madness. That’s the nature of the tournament. ”

Playoff veteran Kyle Schwarber took over as the Red Sox designated hitter in the lead while Bobby Dalbec started on first base for the Red Sox.

All Star right-hander Nate Eovaldi started for Boston and kept the Yankees off the scoreboard for the first three innings.

Dan Shaughnessy is a columnist for The Globe. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on twitter @dan_shaughnessy.


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