Most storied MLB franchise: Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees?
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Most storied MLB franchise: Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees?

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It’s a rivalry that’s almost as old as baseball itself. For over a century, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees have turned a baseball rivalry into all-out regional warfare. People love the Yankees for their history of championships and almost mythical stars. Boston fans gravitate to a legendary ballpark, and unity the team brings to the city. Who do you love? ⚾

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Boston can talk about history all they want. Unfortunately for their fans, it’s a history of losing. The New York Yankees have a history of their own–but as championship winners and world-beaters.

The Red Sox go on and on about the tradition of the organization, but there are 27 reasons the Yankees don’t have to listen to any of that garbage. New York's 27 World Series titles are the most of any MLB team. The next team has 11.

Forget about the Yankees. If you want a team that honors their history and means it, there’s only one club in Major League Baseball—the Boston Red Sox.

The old stadium might be gone, but the tradition still lives on at the new park. Instead of an ugly green wall, New York has Monument Park II, where the numbers and plaques of the legendary Yankees players will reside for eternity. This, of course, pays homage to the original Monument Park that was at the original Yankees Stadium before it was demolished. 

The New York Yankees demolished "the House that Ruth Built" in 2009 for new digs. The Red Sox, on the other hand, will never turn their back on Fenway Park and the Green Monster in left field. Fenway has been a venue for Boston since 1912, but it’s so much more than that. It was a magical place where the city united to root for the home team. Up until 1924, the Red Sox were the only show in town, and Fenway was the grand stage of Boston.

There may be more sports in Boston now, but no other ballpark unites the fans quite like "Sweet Caroline" at Fenway.

Tino Martinez was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1985. He won four World Series titles with the Yankees during his tenure from 1996-2001. The Red Sox won zero in that time.

Past, present or future, Pedro Martinez didn't care which Yankee was in front of him. When he was a Red Sox pitcher, Martinez was going to throw the good stuff.

The Boston Red Sox may have gone through a historic title drought, but that didn't mean they were lacking in star power. Cy Young and Babe Ruth were the first stars to make their way through Bean Town, but many more came as well.

Ted Williams was the first star the team could really call their own. He spent his entire career with the Sox and was the last player to ever post a .400 hitting average. He also completed the Triple Crown in his first four years in the league. Not only did he served three years in the Navy and Marines in World War II, he came back and promptly won the AL MVP in 1946.

After Williams, Carl Yastrzemski was Boston's next career star. Spending all 23 years of his career with the Red Sox, playing in 18 All-Star games and hitting for his own Triple Crown 1967. That same year, Yastrzemski won AL MVP and took Boston to their first World Series in over 20 years.

Then some young gun named Roger Clemens burst on to the scene in 1986 with 24 wins, including a record 20 strikeouts in nine innings. He wouldn't be the last pitching legend to come through Boston, neither. Pedro Martinez would join the Sox in 1998 and make an immediate impact. During his stint with Boston, Martinez would go 117-37, win two CY Young awards and be a part of the greatest comeback ever.

Down 3-0 to their seemingly insurmountable nemesis, the Red Sox turned to a group of idiots to save the day. Led by Johnny Damon, Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz and a bloody Curt Schilling sock, Boston would make the greatest comeback of all time.

It all started with a Dave Roberts steal. Then, Ortiz became a legend. Big Papi would hit a walk-off two-run shot over the wall in Game 4, and win another game off a bloop single in Game 5.

Curt Schilling, still recovering from an ankle procedure performed during the AL Divisional Series, took to the mound, bloody stockings and all, in Game 6. He only struck out four hitters, but his gritty performance proved to be enough to send the team to the deciding game.

In Game 7, a bearded Johnny Damon hit two home runs, including one grand slam to put the finishing touches on the miraculous comeback. That 2004 Red Sox team is the first and only MLB squad to come back from a 0-3 series deficit. Not only did they break their playoff losing streak to the Yankees, they exorcised their demons to win their first World Series title in 86 years.

Carlton Fisk came along in the '70s, where he eventually hit the most home runs of any catcher ever. One of those home runs was the iconic fair-ball wave to save Boston's season in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.

The Boston Red Sox have a cute list of stars who have passed through Boston, but you know where they all end up? Winning Championships for the New York Yankees. From Babe Ruth to Wade Boggs to Roger Clemens, players flee Fenway to wear the pinstripes of the Bronx.

The Babe may have started his career in Boston, but he became a legend in New York. "The Sultan of Swat" established records that would hold for decades, including career home runs, RBIs, and slugging percentage. He also was one of the inaugural members of the Baseball Hall of Fame; entering as a Yankee.

Even when they weren't poaching the best talent, the Yankees were growing them within the organization. Lou Gehrig, who was part of the "Murderer's Row" lineup on the 1927 Yankees, would also make a name for himself by setting records in most consecutive games played and most career grand slams. He is widely considered one of the greatest gentlemen in the game.

Next in the long line of Yankee greats is Joe DiMaggio, whose 56-game hitting streak still stands today. During his 13-year career, DiMaggio would win three MVP awards, named to 13 All-Star rosters and win nine World Series Championships.

Micky Mantle was next great Yankee hitter, achieving the Triple Crown in 1956. And he was no one-hit wonder. Mantle would establish himself as one of the great switch hitters ever, belting 536 home runs and is still tied for the lead in walk-off homers.

Winning championships was a common occurrence for Yankees players, as well as clutch play that would make the Yankees a legendary team.

"Mr. October" was born after Reggie Jackson's sensational performance in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series.

It wouldn't be a New York Yankees story without the Captain. Derek Jeter has created a legend for himself with his clutch performances. Every time Jeter was around in October and November, magic was in the air—and you knew that something special was going to happen. Whether it's an incredible throw or a hit under pressure, Jeter never failed to live up to the high expectations of Yankees fans.

Being a storied franchise doesn't necessarily mean it's because of winning. Sometimes, it's the losses that add to the legend. The Red Sox had plenty of shots to end their title drought, and many times, it was a matter of inches. Had Bill Buckner just kept his mitt down, the Red Sox would've won the World Series in 1986. Instead, the "Miracle Mets" were born after they took advantage of Buckner's incredible error to win Game 6 and Game 7.

One pitch. One swing. The unlikeliest of hitters became a folk hero by not only downing the hated Red Sox but propelling the Yankees to another World Series.

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