New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox - Game Two
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Fenway Park World Series chants about the New York Yankees show that the Bombers are living rent-free in Boston Red Sox fans’ heads.

Aaron Case

The rivalry between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox is the best in sports, and Sox fans provided proof of that on Tuesday night.

It was Game 1 of the 2018 World Series between the Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The home team was winning, but all the Fenway Park crowd could think about was the Yankees.

With catcher Sandy Leon up in the bottom of the eighth inning, classic “Yankees suck” chants started to swirl around Fenway like trash in the wind. The final score of 8-4 in favor of Boston was already set at that point, and the four-run advantage gave fans the confidence to let the world know how they feel about their team’s New York rivals.

On first listen, Yankees fans might get a stinging reminder of why losing to the Red Sox in the 2018 ALDS was so painful. However, some followers, such as ESNY’s own Yankees Boss, turned the tables.

Mission accomplished, Yankees. Red Sox fans can’t experience success without thinking about the Bronx Bombers.

Maybe Boston’s #DoDamage social media campaign is a Freudian slip referring to psychological trauma from an 86-year championship drought. Watching the Yankees win 26 of their 27 titles during that dry spell would certainly do damage to Boston fans.

The Dodgers and Red Sox square off again at Fenway on Wednesday, with Los Angeles looking to even the series. The smart money is on Red Sox fans taking the opportunity to once again yell about the Yankees.

I remember first hearing the “Yankees suck” chant on the radio as a kid. My reaction was to cover it up in my head by replacing “suck” with “rock.” I was worried that I’d somehow jinx my team if I accidentally repeated the execrable phrase in my mind.

Okay, I’ll admit it — as a grown man I still counter that cursed chant with my substitution. And I’ll do it again during Game 2, if necessary.

Freelance editor and writer, and full-time Yankees fan. Originally from Monticello, NY, but now lives in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.