From Bob Klapisch:
Spend a day at Red Sox camp, and you sense their profound tranquility. No Yankee-bashing, no personal attacks against A-Rod and certainly no gloating over the miniature dynasty.
With two championships in the past four years, and practically everyone back from the ’07 World Series roster, the Sox’ domination is likely to continue in 2008. That’s why no one’s obsessing over the Bombers’ spring training story lines, including the beginning of the Joe Girardi era and the un-Yankee-like decision to rely on three rookies in the starting rotation.
Indeed, it’s a long way from 2003, when the Yankees broke the Sox’ hearts with that Game 7 victory in the AL Championship Series. The Sox were at their low point watching Aaron Boone circle the bases after blasting a season-ending home run over the left field wall. The Bombers were going to the World Series and the Sox were going home, beyond despair.
But it helps that the Bombers haven’t won a World Series since 2000. It matters, too, that the Sox have found stability: Manager Terry Francona was rewarded with a three-year contract extension that will pay him $11.5 million through 2011.
“I realize now how important it is, but it’s not healthy just to think about the Yankees,” he said after Tuesday’s workouts. “I know it’s a cliché, but I’m trying to get my guys to understand it’s just as important to focus on the Rays as it is against the Yankees. The goal is to have the same intensity level whoever you’re playing.”
This is what happens, I suppose, when Wile E. Coyote finally catches the Road Runner.
Francona may be able to sell this to his team, but, I think those fans that make up Red Sox Nation may not be buying this as quickly? Or, will they?
How about Yankees fans? What do you say? Do you feel like the “Hammer and the Nail” relationship that the Yankees had with the Red Sox, for so long, is now gone (thanks to 2004 and 2007)?