Just what America Needs: Red Sox & Yankees

It's that time of year again. Break out the beer mugs, and leftover pizza boxes, it's time to play the "greatest rivalry in sports" drinking game.

With the Bo Sox hosting the Bombers this weekend at Fenway, ESPN will once again drop off all of its coverage to show the two teams what we as Americans seemingly only care about. What's American culture like without Chevrolet, Apple Pie, and Jeter vs. Varitek?

Cue Peter Gammon's hour long speeches about the beauty of the game at Fenway, and overplayed loops of Posada claiming that "this is just another game" (he's right, but no one listens). MLB.com itself is promoting favoritism by showcasing the series on its homepage, rather than Thursday's recaps.

Yes, it is still April. But when the Red Sox and Yankees face off, the calendar tends to become less relevant. When the rivals square off for the first time in 2009 with Friday night's meeting at Fenway, you can be sure that the atmosphere will feel more like October.

Ian Browne -- MLB.com

Ok, I apologize, I walked away from the keyboard to puke for a second. But I did swig a little bit of Sam Adams while I was gone, how fitting.

The truth of the matter is, when the series ends, only the fans of Boston and New York will truly care as to who won. While the big wigs of the networks drool, imagining that everyone is on the edge of their seats in the first inning on Friday night when Mark Teixeira "gets his first taste of the greatest rivalry in sports" (POUND IT), true baseball fans will be delved into their own team's performance, not the two most over-discussed franchises on earth.

So while people are supposed to flock to their tubes and watch, and the networks play up the myth that the rivalry is taking America's mind off of our struggling economy, I'll be sitting at home updating my status on Facebook. "Michael Castillo is bored."

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1 Response to "Just what America Needs: Red Sox & Yankees"
  1. Anonymous said...
    April 24, 2009 at 4:20 AM

    Thanks for the comment. I saw your article on BallHype just after I posted my article. Isn't it funny how an event like this can bring out the worst in us haha. Great work!

    -JRod (2BB)

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