It’s a Sunday afternoon in Boston, the last game of the season.
The Red Sox are back in action, as they take on the Boston Celtics in a game that will decide the title of the American League.
The Celtics are also at home, having lost two of their last three games.
“The Celtics are the best team in the league,” says one Boston-watcher.
“Boston is just a lot better than Boston.”
And that is the feeling among many Boston fans.
“It’s not a rivalry,” says Steve, who lives in Cambridge.
“There’s no rivalry between Boston and Boston.
Boston’s winning, but Boston’s not winning.”
Steve says that while he loves Boston sports fans, he finds the rivalry between the two teams distasteful.
“You’re seeing this rivalry for the first time, and it’s disgusting,” he says.
“This rivalry, I don’t know if you can say that in sports, and they’re doing it for a lot of reasons.”
Steve adds: “I don’t care what people say.
It’s all wrong.
And it’s not going to change.
It won’t change for the better.
The only thing that’s going to be changing is that these people in Boston are going to get paid a lot more.”
Some Boston sports watchers believe the rivalry is becoming a real one.
“People are getting paid more money and more attention, and this is the last chance to have this conversation,” says Kevin O’Leary, a Boston sports commentator.
“I think it’s the best rivalry in the world, and we’ve got to have it.”
Boston is the second most popular team in sports in the US, with over 60% of the population tuning in to watch games.
In contrast, the New York Yankees are the least popular team, with just 18% of their fans tuning in.
It has long been a rivalry between these two teams, and the Red Sox have a history of winning.
During the 1960s, the Red Hot Chili Peppers played their first season in the city, and even though the team disbanded after the 1960 season, fans still attended games.
When the Celtics and Yankees met in the 2003 ALCS, fans of the Red Wings and Rangers showed up to cheer on their rivals.
Boston and New York are also close geographically.
Both cities are located in the heart of the Massachusetts Bay region.
The Bruins play in Fenway Park, while the Yankees play in Yankee Stadium.
In terms of the sports teams’ logos, Boston has its iconic Red Sox logo on the outside of the city’s ballpark, while New York has its Yankees logo on their home field.
Boston sports supporters are passionate, but the rivalry has always been bitter.
“My dad used to tell me, ‘It’s time for a new rivalry.
You’ve had it for 50 years, and now we’re starting to see some of the changes’,” says O’Brien.
“If you think about it, Boston and the Yankees are two teams with huge fan bases, and yet they’re both the best teams in the American league.”
O’Connor adds: It’s time to bring a little bit of a break to this rivalry.
It should be fun, but it should be entertaining, too.
“For the fans, it should make for an entertaining rivalry,” he adds.