There is no bigger rivalry in baseball than the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. It’s been going on for 100 years and shows no signs of stopping. Occasionally, when one or both teams are having bad years, the hated feelings subside, but when the Yanks and BoSox are both fielding competitive teams, it heats right back up, leading some sportswriters to actually call it the best rivalry in all sports. It’s hard to disagree with that assessment.
Fans on each side will use 101 different arguments why their team is superior. The problem with this is when Yankees fans try to make those arguments because they are, in a word, wrong. As with most sports teams, we cheer them either because it’s what our families did before us or because we were born in a certain area. Very few of us ever pick the teams we cheer for, so it’s important to feel pity, not scorn, for those who are cursed with the cross to bear of being a New York Yankees fan.
Head over to the other side of the tracks, the good neighborhood if you will, and you’ll find plenty of Red Sox fans basking in the sun. For every head, there’s a tails. For every night, there is a day. The babyface to the Yankees heel are the Boston Red Sox who have gallantly strode into battle with their faithful fans by their sides dating back to the late 19th Century. These Red Sox fans are among the lucky chosen few.
We’re guessing you already know it’s much better to be a Red Sox fan than a Yankees fan, but surely there are a few people in the Big Apple who haven’t seen the light yet. It’s OK. We’ll spell it out for you, and we’ll spell it correctly. Here are 15 reasons why Red Sox Fans are better than Yankees fans.
15 15. Yankees Fans Are OK With A Culture Of Performance Enhancing Drugs
Maybe the Yankees do have a few more world championships than the Red Sox, but were they well deserved? Were they honest? That’s a tough question to answer if you look at the list of players who were suspended for using performance enhancing drugs between 2005 and 2016, there is no comparison between the Yankees and the Red Sox. Eight players connected to the Yankees organization have been suspended. The Red Sox have a total of…drumroll please… zero. And this doesn’t even account for people like Roger Clemens and Andy Petite who have been alleged users of PEDs. We’ll completely skip talking about Steve Howe. Look that one up on your own. You’re always going to have people claim that supreme athletes like Manny Ramirez or David Ortiz were not all-natural, but there’s a simple solution to that: Prove it. Instead of pointing the finger at others, Yankees fans need to demand more from their organization. What kind of message does it send to young Yankees fans that so many players from their team have cheated. It’s just sad.
14 14. Sox Fans Don’t Rely On 1920s Data Like Yankees Fans
If you walk up to a New York Yankees fan and state the obvious fact that their team has been horrible for quite a few years now, they all seem to fall back to the same tired excuse that involves quoting the fact the team has won 29 World Championships over the years. Of course, over the years means since 1923, so it’s not as if they’re going back to a time before most of their grandfathers were even born. In the last 40 years, the Yankees have won seven world titles. It’s impressive. It would mean more if a Yankee fan said, “Oh yeah, well we’ve got four more championships than you going back 40 years.” It sounds a lot better than citing the other 22 world championships all happened before cable television, cell phones or the Internet were even real things.
13 13. Red Sox Fans Care About Their Stadium
Fenway Park has been hosting Boston Red Sox games for over 100 years. It’s a solid debate whether it, or Wrigley Park, has more historical significance of the parks currently in use by Major League Baseball. One park you won’t find in that debate is Yankee Stadium, because let’s be honest: The place the Yankees play now isn’t really Yankee Stadium, it’s a lame copy of the original stadium that used to live next door to the current monstrosity. The first Yankee Stadium was opened in 1923, and then closed for repairs in the middle 1970s for a couple of years. It reopened and served the Yankee faithful for another 32 years before moving next door to the new Yankee Stadium and pretending everything was the same. All of this Yankee lineage started and ended while Fenway Park has been standing there, beloved by all Sox fans.
12 13. Yankee Fans Settle For Red Sox Centerfield Leftovers
The Yankees have won only one world championship since 2001. Part of the reason for their poor performance over the last 15 years probably has to do with the fact they simply keep signing the sloppy seconds of the Red Sox, particularly when it comes to the centerfield position. First, the Red Sox signed a solid centerfield in Johnny Damon who gives a few solid years of performance to the Sox, including a catch during a playoff game with the A’s that would make any fan proud. But, he bought into his hype and the Red Sox let him go at contract time. He went to the Yankees... and provided nothing. Next, the Red Sox develop Jacoby Ellsbury and bring him up through the farm system and let him be the centerfield of record for a half-decade. Until he becomes not worth his asking price. Move him onto the Yankees, where he underperformed and has largely be forgotten while Jackie Bradley, Jr. has blossomed for the Red Sox into one of the most exciting players in the game. Don’t worry Yankees fans, you’ll get your chance with Bradley once the Red Sox are done.
11 12. Red Sox Fans Wouldn’t Tolerate An Egotistical Owner
Now that Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States, something should be crystal clear about New York City for the rest of the world: It produces power-hungry, egotistical fools, be they a tycoon like Trump or a baseball owner like George Steinbrenner. And no, we don’t have to say the requisite nice stuff that always comes when you reference somebody who is no longer with us. Major League Baseball is not World Wrestling Entertainment. George Steinbrenner was not Vince McMahon. At least Vince McMahon is entertaining. Most fans hated him when he was alive and try to pretend they appreciate him in death, but the owner should never be more famous than their athlete employees. Neither the Yawkeys nor the Werner-Henry ownership group sought 10% of the headlines of Steinbrenner. When the Yawkeys died and when current ownership eventually does, Red Sox fans won’t have to pretend they liked them. They already do.
10 11. Red Sox Fans Demand Excellence From All Their Local Teams
The Red Sox have won the World Series three times in the last 15 years, but it's not like that's the only Boston-based team that has achieved excellence. The New England Patriots have won the NFL championship four times in the last 15 years and won their division 14 of the last 15 years. The Boston Celtics can claim one world championship and six division titles and the Boston Bruins have that same record - six division titles and one world championship. Boston is a real sports town. NYC? Not too much. Mets? One AL pennant in 15 years. Nets? Two conference titles. Knicks? Nothing worth talking about. Giants? Two world championship. Jets? Hahahahaha. Good one. Rangers? Two division titles. Islanders? The Jets of hockey. We can talk about their major league soccer team and WNBA, but why heap on the inferiority? It's too bad New York sports fans don't expect more.
9 10. Red Sox Fans Lift Their Team To Amazing Comebacks, Yankees Fans Let Theirs Crumble
The 2003 American League Championship Series was that of legend. Two fierce rivals, the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees battle back and forth, trading wins, leading to a decisive Game 7 at Yankee Stadium. These teams are so evenly matched the game goes into extra innings where a walk-off homerun wins it for the Bronx Bombers. The next year, in that same ALCS, things were different. The Yankees jumped out to a 3-0 lead in games, needing just one win to put away the Red Sox and punch their ticket to another (losing) World Series appearance, but something funny happened. Yankees fans got quiet and as they got quiet, Red Sox fans got louder. And louder. Loud enough to win Game 4. Loud enough to win Game 5. Loud enough to win Game 6. No team in the history of the ALCS had ever jumped out to a 3-0 lead to be swept the next four games. Until 2004, that is. In Game 7, the Yankees had their heads handed to them and the Red Sox went on to win the ALCS and a few weeks later, the World Series for the first time in almost 90 years. Yankees fans were quiet yet again.
8 8. The Longest Win Streak Belongs To The Red Sox
If Red Sox fans want to use the kind of reasoning Yankees fans like to trot out about why their team is superior by citing things that happened in the early 20th Century, one not need look any further to the longest win streaks for these teams that have played almost 2,200 games with each other leading into the 2017 season. Yes, Yankee fans lifted their pinstriped heroes to an impressive 12-game streak on two occasions, once in 1936 and another in the mid-1950s. Both are impressive marks, but the Red Sox fans have always had that something extra and cheered the BoSox onto an incredible 17-game winning streak against the Yankees stretching over the 1911 and 1912 seasons. Yeah, it was 100 years ago, but it goes to show just how devout Red Sox fans have always been in leading their team to amazing feats, much like they did during the ALCS in 2004.
7 7. Yankees fans think they’re tough, so why aren’t their players?
They year is 1967. After giving up a grand slam to Red Sox third baseman Joe Foy, the Yankees pitcher Thad Tillotson beans Foy, causing an on-field brawl. The highlight? Red Sox outfield Reggie Smith charges Tillotson and bodyslams him. The year is 2003. After Roger Clemens throws a brushback pitch to Manny Ramirez, both benches clear. In a move of sheer stupidity, 72-year-old Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer goes after Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez, who sidesteps Zimmer and watches as the old man hits the ground. The following year, after Alex Rodriguez causes a bench clearing brawl, the Red Sox opt not to respond with their fists, instead launching a comeback and winning the game 11-10. It was the spark many observers said led them to the World Series. Yankees fans may have a tough-guy attitude, but they clearly haven’t rubbed off on the players they cheer.
6 6. In 2016, Red Sox Fans Knew How To Send Off A Hero; Yankees Fans Didn’t
Red Sox fans didn’t like Yankees shortstop Alex Rodriguez but couldn’t deny he was one of the game’s greats, even if he was suspended for a year for the typical Yankee infraction of getting caught using performance enhancing drugs. In the middle of the 2016 season, Rodriguez was quietly benched, but it came out publicly he would be released before the season ended. Did Yankees fans stand by the side of the guy who helped bring them pennants division championships and a World Series? Nope. Meanwhile, a couple hundreds miles north, Red Sox fans were giving David Ortiz the proper send-off a future Hall of Famer deserves. He was cheered, his career reviewed and proper admiration and thanks were given. He wasn’t shown the side door during when nobody was looking. Red Sox fans wouldn’t stand for that kind of ownership behavior. It’s too bad Yankee fans don’t show their hardworking players proper respect for a job well done.
5 5. Regular Yankees Fans Let Ownership Cater To Rich Fans Only
Yankee Stadium has a capacity of 54,251. Fenway Park has a capacity of 37,949. With 13,700 more seats, you’d think the Yankees would be able to let a family of four go to the ballpark and have decent seats at a much more reasonable rate than the Red Sox. If you thought that you’d be wrong, because the Yankees are fine with most of the seats around home plate being left empty as long as they are purchased. The best regular season tickets in Yankee Stadium are $300-$310 for the 2017 season. The bleacher seats are $17-$26. Meanwhile, the Red Sox best seats are only $111-$189 and bleacher seats range from $10-$48. You could make the argument it’s because the Red Sox don’t draw a crowd, but we’ll get to that incorrect belief in a minute. The Red Sox and Yankees have roughly the same payroll over the last 20 years as well. What does this mean? The Yankees are forcing their fans to pay more of their players’ salaries than the Red Sox force their fans to pay. Only in New York, New York.
4 4. Red Sox Fans Always Turn Out To Support Their Team
We will be the first to recognize that Yankee Stadium has almost 14,000 more seats. We’ll also be the first to point out if the Red Sox could fit more than 38,000 at Fenway Park, they easily could. The great metropolitan New York area has 7-10 million people, depending on exactly how you want to count it. The greater metropolitan Boston area doesn’t come close to 1 million. Looking at these numbers, if the Red Sox sell-out a game, the Yankees should be able to draw over 100,000 people per game, or, if the Yankees can only sell 40,000 tickets to a game, the Red Sox should barely be able to scrape together 10,000. But that’s not what happens. In fact, between 2003 and 2013, the Boston Red Sox recorded 820 consecutive sellouts. Second place was the Yankees, right? Nope. The Cleveland Indians, with almost 400 LESS. And if you just want to look at recent data, try to figure out why 2015 was the worst attendance at Yankee Stadium in over 15 years. That has only to do with Yankees’ fans and nothing to do with the Red Sox.
3 3. Yankees Fans Think You Buy Your Way to the World Series
New York City is an amazing place, but it doesn’t reflect the rest of the world and sometimes Yankees fans seem to forget that. In places where real life exists, like Boston, fans know that it takes more than just deep pockets to create a great team. You build a great team starting in your farm system and you nurture young players who are acquired in deals early in their career. Look at Jason Varitek, Rick Porcello, David Ortiz or Tim Wakefield to name just a few Red Sox players who were young and floundering for other teams but were shown the way in Boston. Look at Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., and list of people the Red Sox signed out of school who went on to be amazing. Now let’s look at the Yankees. You’ve got Don Mattingly, Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera who came up in the system. Most guys end up being the next Joba Chamberlain in the Yankees minor leagues. Yes, acquiring expensive stars is part of the formula for a great team, but it’s not the only formula. Yankees fans seem to miss this.
2 2. Yankees Fans Haven’t Realized Smugness And No Clever Retorts Are Kind of Sad and Pathetic
It was hard to be a Red Sox fan in the late 1990s when the Yankees, led by Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera were steamrolling over everybody else in the American League. Instead of trying to defend the Red Sox, fans just sat quietly, knowing they’d get their revenge. It came in the form of three world championships between 2004 and 2013. Yankees fans haven’t seemed to comprehend the concept of just being quiet and patient when their team isn’t doing so well. Need proof, just check any of the Yankees discussion boards. You’ll see the same kind of boasting on history and claiming they’re great simply because they were raised to believe it. When a Red Sox fan steps in and uses math, recent history or statistics to explain why the Yankees have been a joke for so long, the comebacks are pathetic. Yankee fans just need to accept things haven’t gone well for quite a while and be patient. Otherwise, it just looks bad.
1 1. Red Sox Fans Are Better Spellers
You could make an argument that this list is a combination of slightly skewed statistics, hyperbole, slanted history and opinion. We’d assume you’re just a bitter Yankees fan if you did that, but nonetheless, we have the third-party proof we need to explain how even beyond baseball, Red Sox fans are better. Reading and writing are basically things we need to get through the day; the worse we are at them, the lower quality of life we will have. Grammarly, an automated proofreading company, ran a little test of Major League Baseball fans in 2015 and found that New York Yankees fans routinely make 12.1 mistakes per 100 words based on grammar, punctuation and spelling. Only four teams could boast dumber fans. On the other side, Red Sox fans made only 9.3 mistakes per 100 words. There you go. Real data. Or as Yankee fans would spell it, “Reel Dater”.
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