Rivalries keep the sports world spinning around. While seasons can be long and sometimes boring, fans always mark the days on their calendar when their rivals are coming to town. It’s not just the fans who get angry, though. When two teams play in the same area, the battle for regional dominance can get pretty heated. Take the Giants and Dodgers, a rivalry that goes back to when both teams beat the snot out of each other in New York!
New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox
A rivalry that started more than 100 years ago, the Yankees rivalry with the Red Sox really got cooking in 1919 when New York acquired Babe Ruth in a trade with Boston. Ruth would go on to be one of the greatest players of all time. He hit 715 career home runs and is the greatest player of his generation.
The Red Sox, on the other hand, fell into hard times, winning the World Series for the first time since 1918 in 2004. The “curse” that plagued the Red Sox for almost 100 years is fittingly known as the “Curse of the Bambino.” This rivalry is so rooted in history that it was only fitting the Red Sox had to beat the Yankees in the AL Championship Series to even make it to the World Series in 2004!