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  • KenFougere
    started a poll The Bitter Rivals Thread

    The Bitter Rivals Thread

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    'Bitter Rivals' is the longest active running thread in the history of "Baseball-Fever.com".
    In its'
    16th year, it has received over 10,820 posts from 36 Countries and has been read by well over
    3 quarters of a million viewers worldwide!

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    Since February 2, 2002


    Which teams do you feel have the strongest, 'Most Bitter Rivalry' in Major League Baseball today?
    What makes your favorite rivalry so special to you and what do you think is needed to make a rivalry stand the test of time?


    My Personal Opinion:

    "THE" rivalry began over 100 years ago. Ever since it has taken on a life of its own! It starts with the owners, to the front office, coaching staff, players, right down to their fans (past & present). Unlike some other rivalries, these two teams have never relocated to, or from another city since their inception into the league. With the exception of numbers being added to the jersey's back, their basic team uniforms have remained the same since the Titanic sunk!
    I feel no other rivalry can match this historic Boston Red Sox - New York Yankee rivalry.

    Especially when in 2004, the Red Sox made MLB playoff history as the first team ever to come back from a 0-3 games deficit to win the American League Championship Series. Oh, BTW, their opponent was the New York Yankees. That historic comeback enabled them to go on to win their first World Series in 86 years by sweeping the Cardinals. The Red Sox followed up their 2004 Championship with World Series titles in 2007 and 2013.
    To me, this rivalry is not only the best in MLB but in all American pro sports.

    Last edited by KenFougere; 05-27-2018, 03:06 PM.

  • KenFougere
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    Originally posted by epaddon View Post
    New rivalry talking point. Yankee fans say Sonny Gray is worse than David Price. Red Sox fans say vice versa!

    Well, I can certainly understand the NY fans feeling regarding Gray's record against Boston. Prices record against NY is abysmal too. But, if you compare the contacts of both, Price's salary is $30M yearly. Gray's is $6.5M. So I contend that Price sucks on a much higher level than Gray.
    Last edited by KenFougere; 07-02-2018, 05:40 PM.

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  • epaddon
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    New rivalry talking point. Yankee fans say Sonny Gray is worse than David Price. Red Sox fans say vice versa!

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  • epaddon
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    Sonny Gray = Eddie Whitson. A terrible pitcher on all levels.

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  • KenFougere
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    At the halfway mark the Sox finished with the best record in MLB.

    An epic battle for the American League East in the works.


    Last edited by KenFougere; 06-29-2018, 06:56 AM.

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  • KenFougere
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    I think this is going to be a historic pennant race with both teams headed for 100+ wins season. Along with Houston, there could be a 100+ win team that won't be in the ALCS . . .
    1. The Yankees are on pace to win 111 games.
    2. The Red Sox are on pace to win 109 games.
    3. The Astros are on pace to win 107 games.
    4. The Mariners -- yes, the MARINERS! -- are on pace to win 104 games.
    Last edited by KenFougere; 06-20-2018, 06:05 PM.

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  • KenFougere
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    Proposed changes to baseball video:

    https://cbsprt.co/2GDhSKA

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    .....................................
    Last edited by KenFougere; 06-20-2018, 04:27 PM.

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  • KenFougere
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    Originally posted by epaddon View Post
    Unbelievable comeback win but the more they keep doing it, maybe it's not so unbelievable after all! Jonathan Holder, who bailed them out in the Top 8th is the same guy who a few weeks ago looked awful and inept against the Orioles. But that's kind of showing how this team is starting to exude a vibe like the 98 Yankees, which was finding different ways to win and with different people in a balanced roster rising to the occasion.
    I agree they look like the Sox did during their 17-2 start. Should be one hell of AL East race!

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  • epaddon
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    Unbelievable comeback win but the more they keep doing it, maybe it's not so unbelievable after all! Jonathan Holder, who bailed them out in the Top 8th is the same guy who a few weeks ago looked awful and inept against the Orioles. But that's kind of showing how this team is starting to exude a vibe like the 98 Yankees, which was finding different ways to win and with different people in a balanced roster rising to the occasion.

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  • KenFougere
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    Originally posted by epaddon View Post
    3-2 Yankees in the first game, even though it wasn't a pretty win. Red Sox got both runs thanks to defensive miscues and Yankees ran themselves out of two innings with bad baserunning decisions but Chapman got the last out to keep Betts in the on-deck circle.
    Good game. I just wish the Sox had both their aces pitching in this series. But they'll be meeting a dozen more times this season.



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  • epaddon
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    3-2 Yankees in first game, even though it wasn't a pretty win. Red Sox got both runs thanks to defensive miscues and Yankees ran themselves out of two innings with bad baserunning decisions but Chapman got the last out to keep Betts in the on-deck circle.

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  • KenFougere
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    Big 'bitter-rivals' series starts Tuesday between the Red Sox and Yankees.

    Uh oh. A lot of people not hailing from the northeastern part of the U.S. won't like a certain aspect of this baseball season. Sure, it's still technically early, but we're coming up on 40 games and that's a pretty meaningful sample of baseball. It's entirely possible the two best teams in baseball are the Yankees and Red Sox.

    As noted, that doesn't sit well with a lot of baseball fans, but those are also two gigantic, nation-wide fan bases and it is honestly pretty damn good for the sport. We're bound to see plenty of those two teams the rest of the way on national TV and we might even get a playoff series between the two Bitter-Rivals. Remember how phenomenal the 2003 and 2004 ALCS (plural!) were? Might we get one of those in 2018?


    Last edited by KenFougere; 05-07-2018, 07:31 PM.

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  • KenFougere
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    Another 3 home run game for Mookie Betts. He became the first player in MLB history with four three-homer games before turning 26.

    Betts snapped a tie with Hall of Famer Ted Williams for most three-homer games in franchise history.

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