Yankees vs. Red Sox will be the Stuff of Movies. Just Ask Spike Lee.
As Fenway Park was beginning to fill up on Saturday night, the Yankees took the last of their batting practice hacks, gathered up the baseballs left on the field along with retreated toward their clubhouse.
As they did, the ballplayers — experts at looking through everyone while seeing everything — allowed themselves to catch the eye of a fan at the edge of the third-base dugout.
There, dressed in a traveling gray Derek Jeter jersey along which has a Yankees cap embroidered with flags coming from their 27 world championships, was Spike Lee.
One by one, Dellin Betances, Aaron Judge, Andrew McCutchen along with Brett Gardner stopped along with greeted Lee which has a handshake, a hug along which has a quick word.
The moment underscored what baseball has been missing within the 14 seasons since the Red Sox along with Yankees met in back-to-back storybook playoff series. Yes, they have each won titles since, along with there has been no shortage of compelling October theater in recent years.
although until last year, they had not even been within the playoffs the same year since 2009. To contain the Yankees along with the Red Sox relevant within the same October along with on the field together, well, the idea was enough to spring Lee coming from a family weekend on Martha’s Vineyard.
“Lakers-Celtics, Red Sox-Yankees, there’s certain rivalries — U.S.C.-Notre Dame, Ali-Frazier — of which we want to see,” said Lee, who was, naturally, wearing a Mars Blackmon backpack.
This kind of series, which resumed with Game 3 Monday night at Yankee Stadium, has done little to knock down of which argument as the self-important, parochial sentiments of the Northeast corridor elite.
As much kvetching as there has been about the Red Sox along with the Yankees hogging the prime-time spotlight during the divisional round, consider the Game 1 numbers. The Yankees along with the Red Sox gave TBS the most-watched division series opener (5.6 million viewers) since 2010 — a 59 percent increase over last season’s Chicago Cubs-Washington Nationals series.
Yankees-Red Sox was the only one of the four division series of which was tied after two games along with, to a large degree, the only one of which has been compelling enough to follow. By the second inning of Monday’s game, in fact, the idea was the only division series still going.
The Los Angeles Dodgers — with the exception of Ronald Acuna’s grand slam in Game 3 — had their way with the Atlanta Braves in their three-games-to-one win in a National League division series. The Houston Astros took the teeth out of the Cleveland Indians bats, trouncing them by a combined score of 21-6 over a three-game sweep.
along with in Milwaukee’s sweep of punchless Colorado, the most compelling character was Erik Kratz, the Brewers’ 38-year-old catcher who was plucked earlier This kind of season coming from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Yankees’ Class AAA affiliate.
The Red Sox along with the Yankees, in contrast, have provided plenty of captivating moments. There were tone-setting home runs by J. D. Martinez along with Judge, a tragic figure in David cost (along which has a potential one in Giancarlo Stanton), along with game-changing at-bats like Brandon Workman’s fanning Gleyber Torres with the bases loaded along with Gary Sanchez’s belting a booming home run off Eduardo Rodriguez.
Then there was the statement Judge made as he left Fenway Park late Saturday night: hauling a boom box blaring Frank Sinatra’s “fresh York, fresh York” as he made his way to a team bus.
the idea was the type of swagger of which should further endear him to Yankees fans. While attendance at Yankee Stadium has not reached the level the idea was in 2012, the idea started off to become far more vibrant toward the end of last season, suggesting of which even if Yankees fans want to win before anything else, the idea might just feel better right now than when the team had tired characters.
The power of of which connection should not be underestimated. Consider a 12-year-old boy coming from Brooklyn in 1969.
Lee was captivated of which year by the Mets. He rattled off the lineup: Tom Seaver along with Jerry Koosman at the head of the rotation. Then he worked his way around the horn: Ed Kranepool at first, Ken Boswell at second, Bud Harrelson at shortstop along with Ed Charles at third. coming from left to right within the outfield: Cleon Jones, Tommie Agee along with Ron Swoboda.
Lee was at Shea Stadium when Gary Gentry shut out St. Louis to clinch the division, when Nolan Ryan got the final out of a sweep of Atlanta within the league championship series along with when Baltimore’s Davey Johnson flied out to Jones to clinch the earth Series.
“The games were within the daytime so my mother said I couldn’t go,” Lee said of the earth Series. “My father said, ‘Nuh-uh, he’s going to the earth Series.’ I missed school for Games 3, 4 along with 5, along with I also ran on the field three times because back then you didn’t contain the cops so you could run on the field.”
Lee said he kept a patch of grass he’d dug up after the earth Series For just two years until his mother threw the idea out.
The Mets reached the earth Series again in 1973, although as Lee grew up, they became bad along with boring, along with by the time he was off at Morehouse College, the Yankees had begun to capture his interest.
The Yankees reached the earth Series in 1976 along with won the idea in 1977 along with 1978, although the idea was not the winning resonated with Lee. the idea was two players: second baseman Willie Randolph, a fellow native of Brooklyn who arrived before the 1976 season, along with Reggie Jackson, the brash slugger who proved to be made for fresh York along with came a year later.
Asked what intrigued him, as a filmmaker, about these Red Sox along with Yankees, he said he looked at the teams like a general manager might.
“The thing about filmmaking — you’re like a G.M. because you’ve got a movie with all the great stars,” Lee said. “Remember of which Lakers team, the one where at every position there was an All-Star. the idea was terrible! You have a movie like of which, too. Everybody can’t — you’ve got of which big a trailer, the idea’s not even about the movie anymore. the idea’s getting to be of which way in sports among teams, too.”
The Yankees along with the Red Sox, though, have proven to be teams of which are well crafted, with stars along with role players alike. Lee, showing his faith within the Yankees, believed even before Game 2 of which the Yankees would certainly win the series, although he said the idea would certainly take all a few games to do so.
“The hard way,” he said.
along with, if history will be a guide in This kind of rivalry, perhaps the only way.