It’s simply the best sports rivalry in sports. It began when the Yankees stole Babe Ruth from the Red Sox. The curse of the Bambino hasn’t been lifted since. The Yankees and Red Sox go at it again, for the-I don’t know like 10,000th time, or at least it seems like it to me. I’m 41 and a die hard Yankees fan from north jersey, which is 40 minutes of public transportation time to THE Stadium. I was introduced to this unique hatred at the tender age of 7. My father, God rest his soul, along with my brother Pat, my uncle Leon and his son Frank, witnessed 2 overzealous Red Sox fans who got out of hand, under the influence of beer I assume, get the “bleep” kicked out of them, in the right field bleachers by about 12 or so bleacher creatures. As the bloodied Red Sox fans got escorted out by security, Yankees fans threw beer all over them, It was quite a sight for an influential newbie to the Stadium and it’s rules. Which include rule # 1 Red Sox fans do not disrespect the Yankees or Yankee fans. Wow that image still sticks with me, clear as a bell, to this day. Along the way I’ve seen Fisk and Munson go at it, as well as Billy Lee almost get his arm ripped off by Gregg Nettles, that was awesome. Lee was so cocky and brash, especially to an impressionable 8 year old. Then there was the ’78 season when the yanks fought back from 15 games, to win in Fenway Park on Bucky F***in Dent’s 7th inning home run. It was more like a massacre, than a rivalry, until the 2003 season, when the Red Sox made that incredible 3-0 deficit comeback to go on and win the World Series. I’ve seen everything in between and I’m so looking forward to being a part of this special connection/rivalry for the next 40 years. Go Yanks!