Seasons in which New York and Boston have finished first and second:
During the past 100 years prior to this one, in only five seasons have Boston and New York finished first and second in the final standings where the difference between the two teams was less than 3 games: 1904, 1949, 1977, 1978, and 2000.
Last season came close to making this six instead of five. And, for the record, the Yankees finished first in all of these “close” years sans 1904.
This just amplifies how unique this current pennant race is for New York and Boston.
I wonder: When it’s said and done, and if the Yankees win, will 2005 be thought of along with 1949 and 1978? Or, will it be thought of closer to 1977 and 2000? (I say this assuming that no one remembers 1904.)
The next three of four days could be the key to the answer.