How Babe Ruth Started One of the Greatest Rivalries in Boston History

There are some rivalries that never die, no matter how much time has passed. The Hatfield and McCoys duked it out in the West, Ali and Frazier fought tooth and nail in the boxing ring, and Coke and Pepsi are always trying to one-up each other in the cooler. Some rivalries amass such a fan base that they take on a life of their own. In Boston, this is undoubtedly the case with the 100-year competition between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.

The Curse That Started It All

Like any rivalry, the Red Sox-Yankee rivalry didn’t just come out of the blue but has an interesting origin story involving Babe Ruth. Ruth actually began his career on the Red Sox mound as a pitcher, but as his talents began to flourish so did the pressure on his paycheck. Unable to give Ruth the raise he wanted, the Red Sox decided to sell him over to none other than the New York Yankees. Ruth’s addition to the Yankees made their wins skyrocket and caused the Red Sox to struggle in what Bostonians coined the Curse of the Bambino, which brought them a decades-long losing streak that wasn’t broken until 2004.

Die Hard Fans

Bostonians are known for having a strong sense of character and pride in their city, so it’s no wonder their sports fans are die hard as well. This competitive spirit makes for a lively ambiance in Boston’s streets that you can experience any time the Red Sox are playing, and even more so when there’s a Red Sox vs. Yankees game. If you’re interested in participating in this sports frenzy, you can check out the team’s full schedule and get tickets to upcoming games here.

Take a Break in Boston

Fenway Park isn’t the only happening place in Boston. One could easily spend the day perusing the food stalls at Quincy Market, taking photos of the quaint architecture in Beacon Hill or getting a glimpse of Boston history on the Freedom Trail. To be in the thick of it all, book a stay at the Copley Square Hotel, only a 10-minute drive to Fenway Park, and walking distance from numerous architectural sights, like the Boston Public Library and famous Trinity Church.

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