I’ll take the 2018 New York Yankees in a brawl against any team in baseball history, including the steroid era, and those teams should have asterisks next to them anyway in the hypothetical historical baseball battle royal. The 1998 St. Louis Cardinals would be tough featuring a juiced to the gills Mark McGwire, the 2018 Yankees would have to attack him with both Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton at the same time two-on-one WWE handicap match style, but after that is over I think the Yankees prevail.
The first New York Yankees versus Boston Red Sox game of the 2018 season did not disappoint, especially for Yankees fans, as the benches cleared and the Yankees big bats pummeled Boston in a 10-7 win. Gary Sanchez hit two home runs and drove in four runs, the most enjoyable of those homers off noted overpaid asshole David Price in the first inning, and the “slumping” (according to the overreacting New York media and jealous Res Sox fans) Giancarlo Stanton collected three hits and three RBI en route to the Yankees win. The drama between the two clubs started when the Yankees Tyler Austin allegedly slid spikes-up into Red Sox shortstop Brock Holt in the third inning, four innings later Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly retaliated, when he hit Tyler Austin with an 0-1 pitch which caused Austin to charge the mound and the benches to clear. The brawl resulted in four ejections, Joe Kelly from the Red Sox side, and Tyler Austin, relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle and third base coach Phil Nevin from the Yankees who lead the season series 1-0. Are you not entertained? The Yankees and Red Sox used to despise each other and heated games like this were commonplace, but after Johnny Damon jumped ship from Boston to New York, the teams seemed way too friendly and the rivalry seemed to calm down. It’s now a new era, featuring two talented young teams, there is blood in the water and the rivalry is back on. The first game set the tone, the best rivalry in sports has resurfaced, and t’s going to be a fun 2018 season.
NOTE: On his podcast, noted Yankees hater and Boston homer Bill Simmons mocked the Yankees, and said this could be “the season from hell” for the Bronx Bombers then he discussed how confident he was in David Price going into this game. Hey “Sports Guy”, a banged up Yankees squad just ate the Red Sox lunch, and the Yankees bats own your boy David Price. Also, it’s mid-April, nice overreaction. 2018 scoreboard: New York one, Boston zero.