Last week I returned to 2 Red Sox horror shows from the past, The Dent & Boone games, to remind us of being on the short end of The Rivalry in the past. This week, I return to 2 games in 2005 that represent the future of The Rivalry. In less than 2 months apart, the Sox thrashed the Yankees by identical scores, 17-1, the 1st game at Yankee Stadium and the 2nd game at Fenway Park.
This winter Theo has proven to be a brilliant GM by signing Gonzalez, Crawford, Jenks and Wheeler, among others, while making bids on Yankee icons Jeter and Rivera, as well as Cliff Lee, thus driving up their prices and years for the Yankees to meet.
2004 could be looked as the year that the Red Sox cracked the dam of Yankee superiority, but 2011 will be the year that truly marks the beginning of a new era of The Rivalry. (Buster Olney of ESPN actually has a different view in his book "The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty.")