After winning their fourth World Series title since 2004, it’s time to rank the most hated Boston Red Sox teams of all-time.
The very moment Kevin Burkhardt bid the Boston Red Sox congratulations, namely World Series MVP Steve Pearse, the New York baseball fan had about enough. If we’re being honest, “enough” could have been defined after that disheartening Game 4 effort put forth by the Los Angeles Dodgers after the 18-inning record-breaking marathon a night earlier.
Nevertheless, it was Burkhardt (Mets) congratulating Pearce (Yankees) while others such as Eduardo Nunez (Yankees) joined the FOX booth (manned by both Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz). (Forget Justin Turner. He’s small potatoes in this scenario.)
New York Yankees and Mets fans have had enough of Major League Baseball for one season, especially the mighty Red Sox, who only lost three games all October long (postseason).
Due to the fact the Yankees were squarely beaten by the Sox just two rounds ago, this squad ranks up there in terms of nasty feelings. I mean, how it is possible for any manager or organization to get something out of David Price in the playoffs? Even at the beginning of the month, that feat seemed impossible.
How about a World Series MVP being dished out to a 35-year-old journeyman who’s experienced each and every AL East club during his career? Yeah, Pearce only played 12 games with the Bombers, but it still doesn’t feel right.
The icing on the cake was Nunez doing his best dramatic Paul Pierce imitation in Game 3. The former Yankee literally fell to the ground and/or into the stands at least 17 times.
— Elite Sports NY (@EliteSportsNY) October 27, 2018
There are many reasons to hate the 2018 Boston Red Sox. The question remains, “Where do they rank in terms of all-time hatred?”
Today, we rank the most hated Boston Red Sox teams of all-time from a New York Yankees and Mets perspective:
8. 1978 Boston Red Sox
We begin with child’s play, the 1970s.
Although something can be said for the New York Yankees frustrating wait until the 1977 Bronx Zoo title, the 70s Boston Red Sox teams can’t be listed among the most hated due to the fact the Yanks dominated the winning.
Of course, 1978 represents the Bucky Dent moment.
As the defending champ and two-time defending AL pennant winner, the Yankees found themselves as far back as 14 games in mid-July. After the Boston Massacre helped lead to a one-game playoff for the AL East title, the ’78 Sox went from being really hated to just another loveable loser.
7. 1975 Boston Red Sox
Though the Yankees never had an opportunity to take on these Sox in October, watching them in October, thinking they were on their way to capturing their first title since 1918 had the hate meter up pretty high.
Carlton Fisk’s home run did work out. Unfortunately for Boston, the rest of the series did not as the Big Red Machine knocked off the Sox four games to three.