Akshita Patel

EXPLAINED: New York Yankees-Red Sox Classic Age-Old Rivalry Losing It’s Charm?

After a terrific home stretch, the New York Yankees boarded a flight to Boston to face arch-rivals Red Sox. The AL-East nemesis is scheduled to lock horns in a four-game series. However, the series opener was washed out due to unfavorable weather conditions. Nevertheless, the teams will fight it out in a doubleheader on Tuesday.

The age-old rivalry between the two teams remains one of the most storied rivalries in sports history. For generations, the Yankees and Red Sox have clashed on the baseball diamond, creating memorable moments and iconic games. However, as the years have gone by, the dynamics of the rivalry have shifted. Many believe the hype around the contest has toned down.


Yankees-Red Sox Contest Ticket Prices Fall To A New Low!

In this April 11, 2018, file photo, New York Yankees’ Tyler Austin, center, rushes Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Joe Kelly, right, after being hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston. Charles Krupa, Associated Press file

The century-old rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox had garnered a lot of hype and attention in the past. However, as the game evolved, the rivalry sort of lost its charm. The days of heated on-field brawls and bitter feuds between players seem to be diminishing. This change can be attributed, in part, to stricter rules and enforcement by MLB. While this may lead to a more sportsmanlike atmosphere, it has also taken away some of the fiery passion that defined the rivalry. Meanwhile, as the Bombers landed at Fenway Park for the four-game series, rain played spoilsport. But it seems the fans are not giving a dime about the contest.

Boston Globe recently reported that ticket prices for the Yankees-Red Sox matchup have witnessed a drastic dip. It is being sold for as low as $10. It even dipped to $5 90 minutes before the scheduled first pitch. Meanwhile, ticket owner Jim Holtzman spoke to the Globe and revealed the reasons behind the fall in demand. He says that the rivalry is still intact, and many times, tickets go for hundreds of dollars. But since both the teams have fallen out of the playoff race this season, the excitement among the fans has toned down. Moreover, the poor weather conditions also played a huge role in the decline of ticket sales. Having said that, Jim donated the unsold tickets to a charitable organization to help the underprivileged who otherwise could not afford to witness a game.

Bombers Revise Pitching Schedule Amid Rain Delay

Gerrit Cole, Clarke Schmidt, Carlos Rodon

Rain played spoilsport on Monday as the series opener between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox was postponed due to unfavorable weather conditions. The lost time has been compensated by scheduling a doubleheader for Tuesday. Amid the schedule change, the Yanks also altered the starting pitchers order.

Right-hander Randy Vasquez will take the mound for the first game, followed by lefty Carlos Rodon, who will start in the evening game. On the other hand, Clarke Schmidt, who was originally scheduled to pitch on Monday, will take the mound on Wednesday to pitch in the third game of the four-game series. Lastly, Micheal King will start as per schedule on Thursday in the series finale.