Fenway Park and the Yankees

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.

William Tasker grew up in Bergenfield, New Jersey but has lived in New England since 1975 and in the far reaches of northern Maine since 1990. Tasker is the author of nine (non-baseball related) books and, besides writing here for three years, has written for his own site at www.passion4baseball.blogspot.com since 2003.

2 thoughts on “Fenway Park and the Yankees

  1. No matter how good or bad the two teams have been over the years, they always seem to play each other like it's Game 7 of the World Series. Happy Birthday Fenway, too bad the Red Sox call you home.

  2. Rachel

    Such a CLASSY comment, jk. what else would you expect from a Yankee fan!?! You don't have to hate on Fenway just because you're a Yankee fan.

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