Drellich: "The Juice Is Back" In Yankees/Red Sox Rivalry

The days of Alex Rodriguez and Jason Varitek aren't coming back, Evan Drellich said, but the animosity has returned

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
April 13, 2018 - 9:25 am

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After benches cleared – twice – during the Yankees/Red Sox game Wednesday, many people believe that the best rivalry in baseball is finally back.

NBC Sports Boston's Evan Drellich has many thoughts on that assertion.

“A couple things,” he said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “One, I think when people say that, they’re thinking about (Jason) Varitek and A-Rod and Nomar (Garciaparra) in 2004 and 2003, and the reality is those days are not coming back. That’s gone. It was a very unique time in baseball because of the 86 years, because of the way the landscape looked. You had teams that were powerhouse teams. There was just more parity going on. Now you don’t have to be on the Red Sox or the Yankees to kind of be relevant, and that’s the way it felt back then.”

The Red Sox, however, have since won three World Series titles, while the Yankees won it all in 2009 – their 27th world championship.

“The other thing is this: It’s not like in September of last year the Yankees and Red Sox were far apart,” Drellich said. “They were competing for the division up until basically the end of the season. So I think there’s a little bit of forgetting of that, because last year the Yankees emerged and that’s why we all were kind of excited going into this year. The difference is this year it’s April and we’re excited. Nobody at the beginning of last year was talking this way.”

Still, analysts would sometimes wonder when the bad blood would return to the rivalry. It appears it has.

“The juice is back now,” Drellich said. “You see them throwing at each other and brawling on the field. So the juice is there.”