Baseball is finally backa��the only sport to hold it down while football, basketball and hockey are taking their brief breaks. The beginning of the baseball season is always a great time for fans, but especially if you’re a fan of the Red Sox or Yankees.
This offseason, both teams unquestionably improved by adding huge free agents to the squads that are mere months removed a dangerous playoff run. The Red Sox were beaten in four games by the very dangerous and eventual World Series champion Houston Astros. Meanwhile, the Yankees took down AL favorites Cleveland. Of course, they would also ultimately fall to the Houston Astros.
The Red Sox have kept their roster and starting lineup that features the likes of that features Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers, Chris Sale, Rick Porcello and David Price intact. Remember, this team won the AL East with 93 winsa��two more than their rivals. But to make matters worse, the Red Sox signed J.D. Martinez. The outfielder had a fantastic second half last season, and was one of the main reasons why the Diamondbacks made the playoffs. Martinez may not be an MVP candidate, but he’s definitely an All-Star-caliber player.
With him, the Red Sox are just that much better.
The Yankees, on the other hand, finished two games behind the Soxa��having a much more of a surprisingly successful year than most thought they would. The baby bombers are a great group of young players that might have as much staying power at the top of the AL as any team. They were only one win away from the World Series, but lost to the best team in the MLB, and with a squad mainly made up of players who were not supposed to be there yet.
Led by the AL MVP Aaron Judge, the Yankees were so much fun to watch. Coming back from 2017 is Gary SA?nchez, Didi Gregorius, Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks and Greg Bird. And like the Red Sox, they just got exponentially better. In an all-too-familiar move, the Yankeesa��because they’re the Yankeesa��went out and traded for the other MVPa��Giancarlo Stantona��who led the MLB in HR.
The player with the second-most dingers, of course, was Aaron Judge. Then they signed another great Diamondbacks player in Brandon Drury.
So now that the Red Soxa��two wins away from the ALCSa��and the Yankeesa��one win away from the WSa��are back to dominating the AL East and most likely the American League altogether, should baseball fans want these two teams to be good again?
Yankees are two different teams with different franchise histories, different recent histories and different fan bases, of course. But there’s no denying that they’re two of the best teams in the American League. The Red Sox have been one of the more successful teams since 2004, winning three titles.
Meanwhile, the Yankees have the richest history in baseball with the most titles in the game. And now, with their teams even more improved, baseball fans should not be surprised to see make a few more World Series runs in the next couple of years. Maybe even this year. But have we seen enough of them? Should we care? Should we be upset or angry that they’re good again?
Absolutely not. The better the teams, the better the quality baseball will be. Especially with the amount of buzz surrounding them every single year. Maybe it’s gotten a bit repetitive, but imagine a matchup between such historic rivals.
Chris Sale versus SA?nchez, Judge and Stanton in Fenway for Game 1 of the ALCS. The matchup itself is incredibly enticing, but it’s really hard to hate these specific Red Sox and Yankees teams because they were built the same waya��for the most part. Aside from their offseason acquisitions of Martinez and Stanton, the Red Sox and Yankees drafted most of their best players. Betts, Benintendi, JBJ, Bogaerts, Devers and Pedroia all came up through the Sox system. Likewise with Judge, Bird, Gregorius, Gardner and SA?nchez with the Yankees.
It was easy to denounce their offseason moves because that’s what they always do. But these teams are built differently than they have been in the past. And it goes without saying that it’s much more respectable to build than buy their way to another championship.
Buckle up, baseball fans.