FANBASE: A Deep Dive Into the Greatest Rivalry in Sports

FANBASE: A Deep Dive Into the Greatest Rivalry in Sports

When you think of sports rivalries, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Auburn-Alabama? Dodgers-Giants? Duke-UNC? Brown-Bengals (just kidding). The truth is, there is only one that legitimately stands out: Yankees-Red Sox. It started with the selling of Babe Ruth and an 86-year curse. But in reality, the century old tensions truly became next level in the last few decades. Through the experiences of two SuperFans -- one Boston, one New York...and both were THERE for a lot of it -- FanBase takes a look at the moments that made Yankees-Red Sox the stuff of sporting legend.

Episodes

May 4, 2021 18 min

One month in: Where do we stand? The Sox may not be a legit first-place team but the Yankees assuredly are not a last-place team. And Bryce Harper--getting hit in the face with a 97 mph is more about what's wrong with modern baseball. We will explain...

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Yankess are at the bottom and Red Sox at the top. Crazy. Blame Yankee bats and credit Red Sox stars on offense? Not so simple. Actually, maybe it's the managers? Either way, it may be the least predictable start to a season in years and we break it all down for you.

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April 13, 2021 20 min

The season has finally started and after 10 games the Sox are defying expectations while the Yanks are clawing to be a 500 team. What was Opening Day at Fenway like and why are the Sox so hot? Is it already time to panic in the Bronx?  What happened to those spring training stats? Plus what good is replay if you can't get it right? All that and more...

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March 31, 2021 22 min

A full season of Major League Baseball is upon us and we're breaking down the Yanks & Sox rosters. Who made it and why? Is someone going to step up and lead the Sox? Can El Gary keep his starting job?  Who is the journeyman non roster invitee that pitched his way to The Bronx?  All that plus turning down $325 million?!!!!

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March 19, 2021 26 min

The start of the MLB season is right around the corner. The Yankees have battles for the 5th rotation spot & an extra bat while at Red Sox camp it's all about improving a team that traded "Mr GQ" Mookie Betts. We talk the new rules coming to professional baseball. A new owner coming to Boston. Plus what does a 1972 Datsun have to do with speeding up the game? All that and more...

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March 3, 2021 18 min

Baseball is back and so are the fans, although at smaller capacity.  How are the Yankees & Red Sox shaping up so far in Florida?  What are these new "Spring Training" rules? What does AROD have to do with SPAC?  And how many fans can we expect in New York and Boston? We cover those topics and much more in the lastest episode.

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February 22, 2021 23 min

Brett Gardner back with the Yanks? JBJ still jobless? Johnny Damon the first DUI of Spring Training? Chris Sale's All Star break return? We cover them all plus our Over/Under predictions for the Yankess, Red Sox and the other teams that matter.

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February 11, 2021 20 min

Players report to Spring Training in less than a week. What are the new COVID protocols and can MLB function in a bubble setting?  Curt Schilling wants off the HOF ballot, but did he deserve to be on it to begin with?  We also talk  free agent signings and who, if anyone, is left for the Red Sox to sign?  Plus we look back at the few memorable Yanks/Sox trades over the years and how the mustache plays into all of it. 

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It's time to flip the scrip and do our Top 3 Red Sox. Will we agree on any players? What's the reasoning behind our picks? And what are the chances Curt Schilling's name comes up?

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With so much history, tradition & championships it's hard to pick just 3 favorite players. So we picked our 3 favorite and least favorite Yankees of all time. You will be shocked to hear the reasons behind our picks and if we have any players in common.

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January 15, 2021 19 min

We've made it thru 2020 and MLB is poised to play a full season in 2021.  Yankees fans are high on DJ but more work needs to be done. We talk playing games at the backend of a pandemic. Moves that teams need to make and can the Bloody Sock carry Schilling to the HOF? Plus what MLB player are we paying to play wiffle ball with after we hit the Powerball or Mega Millions?! 

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December 31, 2020 19 min

Let's be honest 2020 is a year that basically everyone would like to forget. In Episode 20 we look back at this past year, how we started and some memorable moments/guests.

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December 21, 2020 21 min

It's the most wonderful time of the year! There is new hope with the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccines, but will it be in time to save the start of the 2021 season?  What is on the Yankees & Red Sox Christmas list? Why the Yankees can't win with Chapman as their closer. What could possibly be the new name/mascot in Cleveland?  Plus we discuss our favorite holiday movies.

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November 26, 2020 15 min

No matter what team you root for we can all agree on one thing...Turkey on Thanksgiving.  What we are thankful for this year and some talking baseball in the latest episode.

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November 16, 2020 19 min

A shortened regular season gives way to an interesting OFF Season. The Red Sox have already made waves bringing back Cora and they could use a marquee free agent outfielder. The Yankees still need pitching & DJ to return if they want any chance of getting WS #28. However, new Mets owner Steve Cohen may just throw a wrench in both teams plans. We explore the free agent market & what the Yanks & Sox need to do for 2021.

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October 22, 2020 23 min

We revisit the stories that made the World Series memorable to us over the years. A private jet to Game 6 of the 2013 WS. A roommate just burned what in 1996?  And how does Carl Pavano's Mom factor into all of this?  From Bush's PERFECT first pitch to Clemens throwing the bat at Piazza, we covered it. Stories you don't want to miss!  Plus Mookie still haunting the Sox and an Ellsbury sighting!

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October 12, 2020 27 min

Sometimes, a choice in life can determine so much. For Rico Brogna, ever the ideal teammate, one choice brought him from a low point to, perhaps, a career high point-with his childhood team the Boston Red Sox. What did the team ask him to do? Why did he say no? And what happened afterward. It's an "inside baseball" story you've never heard-and will never forget.

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October 1, 2020 31 min

What's it like to be a first round pick? How about being a rookie backing up Cecil Fielder? That was Rico Brogna. A high school legend, he passed up being a quarterback at Clemson to play pro ball. Right choice? What if he were a kid coming up today? An incredible conversation with a man who has played and coached at every level. Plus, his Yankees-Red Sox connections run DEEP!

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September 18, 2020 14 min

The Yankees are back in business and the Sox still stink. The rivalry may be flat this year, but baseball never disappoints. Why the MLB strike zone has changed. Why 2 young Red Sox players are actually making some fans smile (for a moment). Also why the Yankees may regret playing this well now. Just some of the topics covered as we preview the final Yanks/Sox matchup of 2020.

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September 3, 2020 18 min

After the trade deadline, we KNOW the Red Sox have given up, but why didn't the Yankees do anything? And why was JBJ untouchable? It goes beyond baseball. That plus much more including, how long it takes to recover from a calf strain, in the lastest episode.

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