Boston view: It's all Yankees-Red Sox again
The Red Sox are getting a lot of credit for their moves this week, and especially in Boston. And it's pretty apparent that with Carl Crawford officially leaving, the Rays have pretty much been dropped from the conversation, as everything is about the Yankees and the Red Sox.
Here's a couple of samples to go along with the Boston Herald front page:
Under the headline AL EAST BACK TO NORMAL,the Herald's Steve Buckley opines:
But Red Sox fans and Yankees fans — unlike fans of the poor, departed Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays — are willing to put their money where their great, big, fat mouths are. They get invested, both emotionally and financially, in the product.
With apologies to those fans of the Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays who have supported the product, the reality is that it’s hard to feel sorry for the Tampa-St. Petersburg sports community. The lack of fan support makes it hard to shed tears for them. Even the players were grousing about the empty seats at Tropicana Field over the past three seasons.
And over at the Globe, Dan Shaughnessy writes:
Welcome to 2010 and the ramping up of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry. It is 2003-04 all over again, and the Red Sox just made themselves front-runners to win the next World Series.
Anybody mention Victor Martinez lately?
This assures that the rest of sporting America is going to hate us more than ever. The Sox-Yankees rivalry dominated the first half of this decade, and baseball fans outside of Boston and New York got sick of our quest to overthrow the Evil Empire. Now the Boston-New York war is back with a vengeance, and the Red Sox have become the Yankees.