For the first time in Major League history, a regular season series is heading to Europe. On June 29-30 of 2019, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will go to battle at London Stadium, the home of the 2012 Olympics.
This won’t be the first time either team has played internationally, however. The Red Sox played an exhibition in 1993 at the Oval Cricket Ground and opened the 2008 season against the Athletics in Tokyo. The Yankees have also had the occasion to open a season in Tokyo, facing the Rays in a two-game set to start the 2004 campaign.
Not only at the two franchises among the oldest rivals in Major League Baseball, they are among the most well-known. Baseball icon Babe Ruth was sold from the Red Sox to the Yankees in 1919 and the “Curse of the Bambino” plagued the Red Sox from 1920 through 2003. During that stretch the Yankees won 23 World Series and 39 pennants, compared to four pennants and no titles for the Red Sox.
The Red Sox came back from 3-0 in 2004 in the playoffs to defeat the Yankees 4-3 and went on to win the World Series. In fact, from that time on, the Red Sox have won four World Series including last season against the Dodgers, compared to one title for the Yankees in 2009.
All told, the two teams have met 2257 times in the regular season since their first meeting on April 26, 1901. The Yankees hold a 1202-1018-14 lead in the regular season and 12-11 in the post season.
London mayor Kahn is excited about having Major League Baseball in London on a regular basis to gain strength and notoriety in Europe. It was one of his goals as mayor to get Major League Baseball to London, working with the league feverishly to have a series with two great franchises such as the Yankees and Red Sox.
All of this would not be possible without a suitable stadium to hold the vast crowds that many Major League teams draw. Therefore the home of the West Ham United Football, London Stadium is a perfect selection, as it holds 55,000 spectators.
Managers Alex Cora of the Red Sox and Aaron Boone of the Yankees are notably enthusiastic as well about the upcoming series. Cora noted that he is a huge fan of international baseball, having been general manager of Team Puerto Rico as the World Baseball Classic.
Not only is Boone excited to make his first appearance in London, he’s excited to be a part of spreading baseball overseas. He believe the experience will be memorable for the players involved and wishes that will promote building the game more so internationally.
As for Major League Baseball in London, the league has committed to two-years, but the teams have yet to be determined for 2020. While it’s only a four game commitment, it’s a start of what could be a promising future of baseball in London and perhaps other areas in Europe for years to come.
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