Tomase: Brett Gardner’s jab at Cora helps fuel Red Sox sweep originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
We’ve searched for excuses about Red Sox-Yankees losing its luster for a decade, but it really boils down to one word: hatred.
The 1970s clubs despised each other, with no rivalry more bloodthirsty than Carlton Fisk vs. Thurman Munson in a battle of granite backstops. The 1980s saw Hall of Fame outfielder Jim Rice challenge an entire section of Yankee Stadium bleachers after a fan stole his hat. The ’90s brought Nomar vs. Jeter, Pedro vs. Roger, and the birth of the Yankees dynasty juxtaposed against a Red Sox franchise still wedded to misery.
The animosity crescendoed in the early 2000s. Pedro Martinez slammed Don Zimmer to the turf, Aaron Boone slammed the door on another Red Sox season, Jason Varitek slammed his mitt in Alex Rodriguez’s face, and David Ortiz finally slammed