Why Are the Yankees Playing in Boston?

The rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox is well-known. So, why are the Yankees playing in Boston this week?

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Introduction

The Yankees are playing in Boston because the Red Sox are on a road trip.

A Brief History of the Yankees-Red Sox Rivalry

The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox are two of the most successful teams in baseball history. The Yankees have won 27 World Series championships, while the Red Sox have won nine. The two teams have played each other more than 2,200 times since 1901 and the rivalry is often considered to be the best in all of sports.

The rivalry between the Yankees and the Red Sox is often traced back to 1918, when the Red Sox sold star player Babe Ruth to the Yankees. The move helped turn the Yankees into one of baseball’s most dominant teams, while the Red Sox went 86 years without winning a World Series. The so-called “Curse of the Bambino” ended in 2004, when the Red Sox finally won another championship.

The modern incarnation of the rivalry began in 1976, when Yankees captain Thurman Munson and Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk got into a fight during a game. The fight sparked a benches-clearing brawl that led to both players being ejected. The following year, Fisk hit a dramatic walk-off home run in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series to help send the Red Sox to the World Series.

In 2003, the two teams met in what became known as “the greatest game ever played.” The game went into extra innings and was finally won by the Yankees on a walk-off home run by Aaron Boone. The win sent New York to their 38th World Series appearance.

The most recent chapter of the rivalry was written in 2018, when Yankee star Aaron Judge hit a home run off of Boston reliever Craig Kimbrel to give New York a 9-8 lead in Game 4 of the American League Division Series. The Yankees went on to win that series 3-1 and eventually lost to the Houston Astros in seven games in the American League Championship Series.

Why the Yankees are Playing in Boston

The New York Yankees are currently in the process of relocating their home games to Boston while their home stadium, Yankee Stadium, undergoes renovations. The Yankees are not the only team to have played “home” games in another city; the San Francisco Giants played some of their home games in St. Louis while Candlestick Park was being renovated in the early 2000s.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Yankees are playing in Boston because they are required to play a certain number of games against all of the teams in their division, and the Red Sox are in their division. Additionally, scheduling conflicts between the two teams may have played a role in determining which city the games would be played in.

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