Let’s take a moment and flashback to summer of 2004…
Yankee fans are gearing up for a shot to return to the World Series and gain what is “rightfully theirs.” Red Sox fans are buying out all the tickets to Fenway Park getting ready for another year, and telling themselves once again, “this is the year we break the curse.” The rivalry is at an all-time high after last season, when Aaron Boone crushed the heart and soul of Boston by hitting a walk-off home run off Tim Wakefield in Game 7 of the ALCS to send Boston home.
Boston fans had a pretty sour taste in their mouth and were ready for battle. Faces like Pedro, Ortiz and Ramirez all returning for battle, against the faces of Jeter, Rivera and the new face of Alex Rodriguez. The Yankees on paper had gotten better and the Sox, stayed the same. It was war all season. Young Red Sox fans would wake up, sprint to their television to check if they had gained ground on the “Evil Empire.” Young Yankee fans would wake up and rush to their televisions to check if their spot was safe up in first. The two battled hard but again, the Yankees took home the division.
When it came time for the playoffs, it was a different story. The two met again and it seemed like it was going to be a slaughter, but this time, the Boston Red Sox did what they set out to do, and brought home a title.
Now, let’s fast-forward to today. The Sox are coming back with a very familiar lineup including Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts and of course Chris Sale. The Sox look familiar only with one addition of J.D Martinez. The Yankees return with faces like Judge and Sanchez, and of course, the addition of Stanton. This summer will be war all over again. Two Goliaths will compete for the crown of the east. The Yankees have the names of players that bring back their nickname “The Bronx Bombers.” Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton combined for 111 Home runs last season and Gary Sanchez helped add to that with 36 bombs of his own. The Red Sox come back with arguably the best outfield in baseball and the best pitcher in the east on their side. There is nothing these two don’t have.
The young fans of 2004 now are grown up. They’ve lived through the years of baseball when the Giants took home 3 titles in a matter of 6 years. They’ve seen other teams claim glory, but this summer, they’ll feel like kids again. Nobody else in baseball matters. Headlines will be focused on two cities, Boston and New York. The rivalry has returned ladies and gentleman, and we are preparing ourselves for war. The question is, will history repeat itself like 2004? Or will the Yankees finally “reclaim what is theirs”. Only time will tell, but one thing is certain, déjà vu never felt so good, until now.