Trading 140 character ruminations with fellow NY Sports fans on Twitter
Thursday evening led me into a mini conversation with Sports Illustrated
writer Jimmy Traina
. He made as interesting tweet that I felt compelled to respond to. Here is what transpired.
Jimmy mentions 2004, the year when the Yankees were up 3-0 in the ALCS to the Red Sox before succumbing to 4 straight losses and losing to the eventual curse-breaking World Series champions.
The question is, have the Yankees played tight, or by Traina's words, choked whenever they played the Red Sox since 2004? It is an ironic twist of fate if that is the case. Are the Bronx Bombers now playing second fiddle to a team that they historically dominated in the 20th century - only to behave like a nervous 8th grader trying to touch his first ever booby in his parents basement.
If you mutter something like that in New York. You can pretty much count on some Italian guy named Vinny Cappicola reminding you that Yankees have won "27 World Championships!" in his thick Staten island accent. Looking at the stats since 2004, it doesn't appear that the Yankees have played the Red Sox tight at all. But if you look at the results this year, the Yankees have had their share of issues.
Here are the regular season series results since they played that infamous 2004 series.
Yankees 10 - Red Sox 9
Yankees 11 - Red Sox 8
Yankees 10 - Red Sox 8
Yankees 9 - Red Sox 9
Yankees 1 - Red Sox 9
Clearly, the Red Sox have had the overall edge in the postseason winning the 2007 World Series. But in head to head regular season matchups - where the atmosphere rivals most playoffs games - the Yankees have had the advantage until this year.
How do you think the Yankees have fared against the Red Sox since that 2004 series?