Yankees can’t let Rays make them forget about Red Sox

And there they’re.

It will not be doable for them to remain invisible, not even after final 12 months, not at the same time as different groups have leap-frogged them into positions of prominence amongst Yankees followers. It will not be doable to easily forget them, or overlook them, or ignore them.

The Red Sox?

Nope. Even in the event that they have been as dangerous as everybody believed they might be, they might nonetheless be the Red Sox. Even in the event that they have been as dangerous as they regarded like they have been going to be when the Orioles swept them the primary three video games of the season, they might nonetheless be headquartered at Fenway Park, 4 Jersey Street, Boston, MA, 02215.

They would nonetheless be anchored in Yankees historical past.

They would nonetheless be the Red Sox.

Still, right here we’re, second week in May, a month into the baseball season, and what did we see Tuesday afternoon because the Yankees and Rays ready for the third of their six-part chapter of a seasonal sequence? We noticed the Red Sox in first place in the AL East.

We noticed the Red Sox at 22-14, .611.

That’s the very best successful proportion in baseball. That’s yet another win than anybody else in baseball. That’s one much less loss than anybody in baseball moreover the Mets, who’ve performed seven fewer video games (and received swept a pair by the Sox two weeks in the past).

Before the Yankees and Rays prepared to play each other in a three-game sequence at St. Petersburg’s Tropicana Field beginning Tuesday night time, Aaron Boone had mentioned, “We know them and they know us, and we know we’ll be thinking about and playing each other all season long.”

Those are the form of issues Yankees managers used to routinely say about the Red Sox. Those are issues that have been solely reserved for the Red Sox once they have been the one different satellite tv for pc within the Yankees universe — earlier than the Rays turned rivals, earlier than the Astros occupied a lot of their consideration, earlier than even the Mets slid right into a spot on their radar thanks principally to location, location, location.

And, sure, these three video games in opposition to Houston final week have been terribly satisfying and gratifying … at the very least till Jose Altuve took a mighty hack at that fastball in his eyes Thursday afternoon.

The New York Yankees warm up
The Red Sox are one other legit risk going through Aaron Judge and his Yankees teammates this season.
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And, sure, these three video games in opposition to the Rays this week at The Trop will certainly be fascinating, each as an acid test for the Yankees (they will have the ability to work out a technique to beat these guys one among nowadays, proper?) and likewise as a take a look at for the staff’s collective abdomen acid as a result of the Yankees and Rays don’t like one another even a bit bit, and so there may be at all times the potential for a brouhaha brewing at any minute.

But it’s the Sox who’re higher than any of them proper now.

It’s the Sox who’ve taken to the return of the Baseball Whisperer, Alex Cora, like a runaway canine reunited with a beloved household, and have performed good, thrilling baseball throughout the primary 36 video games of their season.

It’s been oddly simple to shunt apart the Sox in case you are the Yankees, partly as a result of the Sox have been so wretched final 12 months (24-36, 9 video games behind the Yanks, 16 behind the Rays, a document that interprets to 65-97 throughout the total 162), partly as a result of the groups haven’t collided but (and received’t till June 4; they don’t make their first journey to Fenway till June 25), partly as a result of … nicely, the Rays are their extra bitter rivals proper now.

The Rays are the each day tinderbox, every time they face them.

The Rays get the Yankees’ blood boiling with little prompting.

The Sox? The Sox don’t have Mookie anymore, they usually don’t have JBJ anymore, or Benintendi (who at all times appeared to seek out the quick porch), they usually don’t have common Yankees punching bag David Price anymore, and Chris Sale hasn’t pitched an inning but. It nonetheless looks like a typo trying on the Sox’s document.

It isn’t a typo. It’ll quickly be 1 / 4 of a season within the books. And there they’re, the place they at all times appear to be. The Yankees have some enterprise to are likely to earlier than then. But the Sox are part of their lives once more. And perhaps a bit greater than that.

Nice.

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