The Yankees have always had the short right field dimensions. Aside from Pesky’s Pole, Fenway Park is a detriment to the types of teams the Yankees built for themselves. Conversely, Fenway has always had that short left field with that Wall that seems to loom over the shortstop’s head. Balls the Red Sox would pepper off that Wall and over it become outs in the Death Valley of left and left center in Yankee Stadium.
Over the long history of the two teams, this has hurt the Red Sox more than the Yankees. The Yankees have a 609-427 record at home against the Red Sox. The Red Sox have a 527-523 record at home against the Yankees. That is the historical record. But how has it gone in the last decade? Here are the Yankees’ home/road records for these two teams as they have battled each other:
- 2002: 5-4 (home), 5-5 (Fenway)
- 2003: 5-5 (home), 5-4 (Fenway)
- 2004: 5-4 (home), 3-7 (Fenway)
- 2005: 5-4 (home), 5-5 (Fenway)
- 2006: 4-6 (home), 7-2 (Fenway)
- 2007: 6-3 (home), 4-5 (Fenway)
- 2008: 4-5 (home), 5-4 (Fenway)
- 2009: 7-2 (home), 2-7 (Fenway)
- 2010: 4-5 (home), 5-4 (Fenway)
- 2011: 2-7 (home), 4-5 (Fenway)
Totals: 47-45 (home), 45-48 (Fenway)
These two longtime American League rivals have pretty much played to a draw over the last ten seasons. To expect things to be any different this season would seem to be a stretch. Yes, these two teams have a long history against each other. And that history is rich. There is the Bucky Dent and Aaron Boone homers, the 2004 Red Sox comeback. There is the “whose your daddy” days with Pedro and David Ortiz has always come up big. There was Joe DiMaggio versus Ted Williams and Carlton Fisk versus Thurman Munson. And of course, there was Babe Ruth. If Fenway Park is going to have such a celebration, the Yankees just had to be there.