Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, designated hitter David Ortiz celebrates with teammates after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 7-1 in the ninth inning at Fenway Park (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports).

Sunday Straw Poll: Red Sox' most hated rival

There is no rivalry in professional sports with the history and lore of the Red Sox and Yankees, but for younger Boston fans, antagonism for the Tampa Bay Rays may be equal if not greater than that of the Bronx Bombers. As the Red Sox and Rays wrap up a heated three-game series, BoSox Injection asks passionate fans:

Which team is the Red Sox' most hated rival?

  • New York Yankees (62%, 41 Votes)
  • Tampa Bay Rays (38%, 25 Votes)
  • Other (enter in comments section) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 66

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  • stully.ALCHAMPS

    i hate the friggin yanks way more than the shitty rays…reason #1 being… 2 words…Aaron Boone

    • Pete Sonski

      That probably means you’re too young to remember Bucky Dent.

  • Rick M

    The rivalry between Boston, New York and Philadelphia goes back to the 17th century. It is political, economic, social and sports. Sports is the relative new comer. As far as Tampa or St. Pete or whatever else that is “God’s waiting room,” there is no tradition that is steeped in history. The Rays will probably move in ten years, anyways. I travel around the country and see plenty of Red Sox and Yankee hats. Do I see any TB hats? LMAO!

  • Sean Sylver

    Tampa Bay has surpassed New York, IMO. When’s the last time the Sox and Yankees have had a good dust-up? Or the last time they’ve met in a playoff series? Right…likely 2004 in both cases. The Yankees haven’t been nearly as powerful in recent years, and they’ve generally rid themselves of the jackals that got on Sox fans’ last nerves. Guys like Teixeira and Ellsbury are ho-hum guys who just go out and play. We haven’t really been acquainted with Mr. McCann, yet.

    The Rays are a team of retreads and draft picks who’ve got a chip on their shoulder because of their payroll and the fact they’re forced to toil in St. Petersburg. Since they’ve been successful under their GM and brainiac manager, they also have a pretty high opinion of themselves. Add that to the cowbells and other modern annoyances they employ in that half-filled stadium…I can’t stand them. I’ve said it before; they’re the Red Sox’ pesky kid brother. And a lot of the time, they win! I think it’s great. Viva hate…

    • Pete Sonski

      Can’t stand it when you mince words …

  • John Cate

    As far as flat-out hating another team, it’s the Rays, hands down. Bunch of bush leaguers even when they were winning. Beating the Yankees is a bigger deal because they’re the Yankees, but I can live with a loss to the Yankees a lot more than a loss to the Rays. I hope the Rays lose 100 games this year and play their last homestand in front of 500 fans.