Red Sox vs Yankees: Greatest rivalry in sports history
Who can forget the 2004 ALCS? This series is one of the most famous postseason series’ in MLB history. This series was packed with all sorts of Red Sox-Yankees drama. The Red Sox were looking to end the 86-year championship drought, but it did not look well at all for the Sox being down 3-0 in the series.
The Red Sox were down one run in the bottom of the ninth inning. With the infamous Dave Roberts steal and Bill Mueller single, the Red Sox tied the game. The game went into extra-innings. In the bottom of the twelfth inning, David Ortiz walked it off for the Sox with a two-run home run.
Fast forward to Game 5 the next night. Again, Ortiz won it for the Sox with a single in the 14th inning.
In the next game, Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling pitched in the famous “Bloody Sock Game”. Later in that game, there was an incident that sparked the rivalry between the two teams even more. In the eighth inning, Alex Rodriguez hit a dribbler back to Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo. Arroyo fielded it and attempted to tag Rodriguez. Rodriguez then slapped Arroyo’s glove causing Arroyo to drop the ball. The ball rolled down the foul line giving the Yankees the opportunity to score a run. Red Sox manager, Terry Francona, argued the call which ended in the umpires calling Rodriguez out and sent the player who scored for the Yankees back to second base.
Boston went on to win that game and blow out the Yankees in Game 7 as well. Then the Red Sox went on to win the World Series that year too, ending the 86-year championship drought.