The entire baseball world has kept their eyes on the New York Yankees this offseason. But what do the Boston Red Sox think about that coming into the 2018 season?
When Giancarlo Stanton signed with the New York Yankees, the entire baseball world was turned upside down. The Boston Red Sox, however, were excited (?) to see this trade happen.
Wait…excited? What team would be excited to get their butts kicked by their fiercest rivals? Apparently the Red Sox, according to owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner.
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On Monday in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Werner and Henry discussed what the addition of Stanton means for the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry and, let’s just say, they certainly aren’t going to roll over.
“I think it’s good for the rivalry,” Werner told reporters on Monday, per Ryan Hannable of WEEI Sports radio.
As much as Yankees fans would like to see the Sox shudder in terror over their new Murderer’s Row lineup, it seems that they are ready to match up and keep the rivalry going. Plus, with their latest acquisition of J.D. Martinez from the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Red Sox have actually done something to improve their chances this offseason.
“The Yankees will have a very strong team and we have a very strong team too,” Werner said to reporters per Hannable. “I think we have the best pitching staff in the American League.”
Hmm…okay there. Yes, the Sox have some great pitching on the starting end but when it comes to the bullpen, New York wins this round. And besides, Chris Sale, their bona fide ace, went 0-3 against the Yankees last season.
When it comes down to it, we all know that the Yankees can’t afford to sleep on the Red Sox. With a lineup that can crush home runs and a starting pitching staff that can eat innings and shut down offenses, the Sox will be a formidable opponent.
But we all know who owns the American League East. The rivalry has been renewed and the Yankees won’t take it easy on Boston this year.