On Tuesday, they were simply a team free-falling. Today, the New York Yankees can once again force the Boston Red Sox to call them the Evil Empire.
The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox have a storied history between the two franchises. Tensions are always high when they face off, whether at the Stadium or at Fenway.
As of late, the rivalry has died down. There are no fights like the Yankees-Red Sox brawls in the late 70s, the early 90s and the early 2000s. It all seems to be butterflies and rainbows when the Yankees and Sox match up recently.
The Yankees, however, just exercised their power while simultaneously earning their “Evil Empire” nickname. In fact, the Yankees made one trade and quite possibly reignited the age-old war between the two rivals.
The Yankees did need bullpen help. However, their need for Todd Frazier wasn’t quite as desperate as it was for the Boston Red Sox. And yet, they stole him from right out from under the Sox’ pretentious noses.
The Red Sox needed David Robertson and Frazier in order to truly be a complete team. They are lacking at third base after trading away Travis Shaw. They lost their recent acquisition Tyler Thornburg to injury and were looking for a bridge to make it from starters to Craig Kimbrel.
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If the Red Sox complete this trade, they would be World Series favorites. But the Yankees absolutely couldn’t have that.
They sure had their reasons for going after Robertson, Frazier and Tommy Kahnle. But if you think for a second that the Yankees only went after them for their own team, you’re delusional.
By stealing the top target for the Red Sox, the Yankees made themselves public enemy No. 1 in Boston … as if they weren’t before.
With the rivalry dying down, the Yankees picked it right back up by literally taunting the Sox. It’s a bold move that helps both the Yankees compete and gets the rivalry back to its true roots.
But this time, the rivalry won’t be just on the field. The Yankees and Red Sox will have some animosity brewing and it will all come to a head the next time they match up.
Because this time, the Yankees will be prepared. They’ll have a bullpen that can hold leads. They’ll have some new faces that will make a difference. And all of that will piss the Red Sox off immensely.
It adds a whole new layer to the classic Yankees-Red Sox match-ups. The Yankees sabotaged the Red Sox and proved that they’ll do whatever it takes to improve their own team while stomping on a few toes.
This isn’t simple toe-stomping. The Yankees literally stabbed the Red Sox from behind, just when they thought they had won it all.
So, now do you want to watch the Yankees and Red Sox? Because I guarantee you that this…this will be something you won’t want to miss.
The Evil Empire is back in action and Brian Cashman is the fearless leader. So watch out, Red Sox. Who knows what the Yankees are going to steal next.