In October 2003, I sat in the bleachers at Yankee Stadium and watched a home run ball launch into the night sky, completing the greatest game I have ever seen.
Aaron Boone hit a home run in the 11th inning against the Red Sox in Game 7 of the ALCS.
The next year, the Yankees lost in seven in a monumental comeback by the Red Sox, who went on to win the World Series.
And the New York/Boston rivalry has never been the same.
The Yankees facing the Red Sox will always have extra zest compared to most other games, but this burning rivalry has felt lit by a matchstick recently.
I still HATE losing to the Red Sox, but losing to them doesn’t have the same oomph anymore. I wish it did. I wish both teams were good at the same times again so instead of Boston winning every other year and the Yankees plucking a World Series victory in 2009, these two teams would go at it with hard bitterness.…