New York, New York

It has been a hectic week for me, to say the least. School is still getting back into swing after winter break, and I’m currently facing the first round of tests in the new term. Luckily, during this chaotic week nothing affecting me at all has happened in baseball. Or maybe un-luckily, as the offseason stretches on and on. Where are the hot stove news, the signings and the blockbuster trades?! Maybe it’s just me, but this has seemed to be a particularly uneventful offseason and it is really starting to hit me. At least pitchers and catchers are just around the corner.

Or maybe at the end of a long hallway. That’s a little more realistic for the way most baseball fans are feeling.

Due to the lack of baseball in my life, I’ve turned my attention to other sports, as well as other things. The NFL playoffs have also been relatively uneventful, with the only surprise so far being the New York Jets’ upset of the San Diego Chargers. Now that a New York team is once again on a quest for playoff domination, Boston fans can only stand and watch, since our Pats were dethroned in the first round by the Ravens. It’s a lot like last October, when we watched the Yankees defeat the Angels as we stood helplessly on the side. Now we’re here again, with no means to stop New York, helplessly on the side yet again.

While we still have basketball on our side, New York has calmly seized control of both the NFL and the MLB. Some may say that the Giants and the Jets still aren’t safely in consideration as the top teams year in and year out, but I would argue that they certainly are powerhouses. The Jets may be returning to their glory of earlier years, with a squad of young stars, and the Giants need work, but can certainly come back strong after a good offseason.

The Yankees are never not  in consideration as one of the top 5 teams in baseball, literally every year. The growing truth is that New York is on its way to surpassing nearly any city as the premiere American sports town, a title that many would agree Boston has held in the last decade. Unfortunately, New York has almost reached that state of total sports domination.  

While we Boston fans can do little to entirely stop NYC, we can certainly surpass them, and as the NFL season is over for us, we must turn our view to the upcoming MLB season. What better stage on which to overtake New York? After all, a little competition never hurt anybody!

We play 15 games vs. the Yankees in 2010, and we will have that many chances to show the world what we can do against them. I would say that a reasonable goal to set would be to win at least 10 of those games. Last year we started off unbelievably strong against the Yanks, but we fell apart when we really needed to beat them. We only added to the Yankees’ fantastic late season run as they pulled the lead in the AL East farther and farther from us. I don’t think we would have beaten them even if we had in fact beaten the Angels; they truly were unstoppable.

The Yankees are still one of the most talented all around teams in baseball. They have improved a great deal over this offseason, but so have we. If we can keep our cool and win the big games against the Yankees, I think the rest will work itself out. I have faith in my Sox.

However, I’m not a Yankee hater by any means. I consider myself a good sport and I try not to be a sore loser. I’ll leave it at “may the best team win.” We will see, New York, we will see.




  1. yankeeholics

    Sorry but the Yanks aren’t losing to the Red Sox any time soon. I mean John Lackey, Marco Scutaro, and Adrian Beltre are good, but not Javier Vazquez, Curtis Granderson, and Nick Johnson good. OK they are probably are but they are not CC Sabathia, Derek Jeter, and A-Rod good.


  2. Fenway Bleacher Creature

    Hey, you never know! I do think that Lacky and co. are equivalent to Vazquez, Granderson and Johnson. Maybe a little less, but still. You had the advantage last year, but I’m interested to see how it plays out this year.

    -Fenway Bleacher Creature

  3. Jane Heller

    I think the season opener at Fenway will go the Sox’s way. You guys always seem to beat the Yankees early in the season and then we come on strong late in the summer. I’m looking forward to a new chapter in the rivalry!

  4. Fenway Bleacher Creature

    Jane- I think (and hope) that the opener will go to Boston, but you guys always come strong late in the season! Gotta figure out a way to stop that. I am looking forward as well!

    -Fenway Bleacher Creature

  5. greg1969

    The Red Sox off-season has been plenty active, but some of the moves have been head-scratchers. We may or may not like all the moves the Red Sox FO has made, but they have been anything but quiet! Hmmm…

  6. Fenway Bleacher Creature

    Cat- It is always great and I have a feeling that this year will be a good one for the rivalry. That is awesome! I hope you’re able to make it, it is so much fun and is really a great ballpark. Well, we don’t really hate the Dodgers in Boston, but you might not wanna wear the blue. LOL

    Greg- I’ve been scratching my head a little too much this offseason, that is for sure. I think the moves will pay off, and maybe Theo’s genius will show! Let’s hope…

    -Fenway Bleacher Creature

  7. Fenway Bleacher Creature

    Babu- It’s true, the power is beginning to shift. Hey, you guys have had a nice basketball history, and the Knicks aren’t so bad. Unfortunately, it seems that whenever one of the New York basketball teams starts getting good, the other one is bad. Maybe things will change.. 🙂

    -Fenway Bleacher Creature

  8. matttan7

    We’ll see what happens, the Red Sox sure picked up some interesting players. Mike Cameron is a pleasant surprise, for the team. We’ll have to see how things go from here. You have an interesting discussion about how New York is the pinnacle of sports.

    Matthew Tang

  9. Fenway Bleacher Creature

    Matt- Yeah, it’s been an interesting offseason for us. Cameron is good, and I’m excited for him. Thanks, I thought it was interesting as well. Maybe it won’t be like that for long. 😉

    -Fenway Bleacher Creature

  10. crzblue2

    I were my Dodger Blue when I was in Boston for a game against the Tigers. I got second looks like “is she lost?” It was funny even from players. I had worked in N.H. the whole week and that Friday night I stayed in Boston and went there without a ticket and ended up buying ONe ticket from a season ticket holder behind the Red Sox Dugout. I had a great time. I will be wearing my Dodger Blue come June! Can’t wait!

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