Like most baseball fans I've been reading and watching a lot on the 2008 season and I'm starting to notice one theme that seems universal, fans and people outside of Boston and New York hate the Red Sox and Yankees. Is it deserved? Well depends on who you're talking with I guess. Since I do live in Boston and am a Boston fan I'm getting quite accustomed to the away team hating my teams guts. I mean with the success of the Pats, Sox, and Celtics within the last year it's hard not to feel blessed and hated. Heck, the New England Revolution even made it to the championship game in the MLS!
I'll be the first to admit that the Red Sox vs. Yankee rivalry hype has gotten way out of hand. From the FOX Star Wars themed openings to the Game 7 type prices commanded from a game in May, it's more then mildly annoying for me. But what really gets my goat (never, ever thought I'd use that expression) is when ESPN tries to jump on this wagon saying that the Sox and Yanks are overrated and over covered. The hypocrisy is almost as bad as the San Francisco Giants taking down everything and anything related to Barry Bonds "Chase for History" since he's no longer bringing green in at the gates. From ESPN's shows, to website, to magazine they've been one of the number one culprits of the over hype.
There are people out there who love to claim "East Coast Biasness" at any corner they can, but I'd honestly say that's some ignorant talk. If that were the case then why aren't the Orioles, Mets, & Phillies covered as much? Simple reason there, they haven't been near as good, exciting, or fun to watch over an extended period of time. The main reason why the hype is there is because of the ball these clubs play between the lines.
Over the past five season the Red Sox and Yankees are a combined 957-662. That' s almost 300 games (295) over .500. Show me two other teams that play each other at least 19 times a year that still can post a record like that. In those 5 years there's been 9 playoff appearances by the teams, 2 absolute classic playoff matches, 3 World Series appearances, and 2 World Series titles. Quite simply they've been the two best teams in baseball.
Yes they both spend a lot of money, and yes they're baseball's version of a Cold War buildup, but again, that's for the better of the game. The prices the Sox and Yankees pay help raise the price around the league, which in turn makes for owners who actually have to open up their checkbook and invest in their team. They're also at the forefront of the globilization of the game which is making for an even more exciting league.
In the end I guess none of this matters, each team has to go out there an play the games, and it's been shown over the years that money spent does not equate to championships, however if you're going to hate on these two teams do it because they're good and have been for awhile, not because your team sucks. Man...I am starting to sound like a Yankee fan...