Dear David Ortiz,
I have seen your letter in which you have addressed the Yankees fans, of which I am one. I felt that I had to reply to you to express my appreciation for you. Over the years you and the Red Sox have battled hard with my beloved Yankees. Sometimes we came out on top, and other times you did. That is the way it goes with such contests.
We have mocked you, goaded you, booed you. But all the while I have appreciated you for the warrior that you are, and for the way you have added to the great rivalry which is so well known that even fans like I who live in the UK have gotten caught up with it and revelled in the clashes.
While I cannot speak for all Yankees fans, I wanted to express right now, as your last season has come to its end, that I really appreciated you as a rival. I do not hate you, but applaud you, admire you, wish you were on my team. In short, thank you. Thank you for so many memories, and for being the best of bad guys, the best of enemies. To say that I love you might seem like a strange thing to say to a guy who played for the enemy and who I never met, but it is not strange. I mean it. Thank you, Big Papi. I wish you all the best in this new chapter of your life and will always be glad to say that I saw you play.
The rivalry had been somewhat nonexistent for a while. The players who had fired it up in the 90s and the 00s had grown up and retired. The Yanks had slipped to mediocrity when the Sox were doing well, and when the Yanks did well the Sox were mediocre. But with the infusion of new blood coming into the teams, there are seeds of a new edition to the rivalry.
We saw that when Headley and Porcello went at it over an attempted triple. It was completely out of the blue kind of stuff, but it saw the benches empty and the fans went wild. Why not. It is about time we have some fire in the team and if the kids get into it then we can get stoked for these games even when nothing is at stake.
Sure we lost the first game. But sometimes it takes a thing like the antics of Porcello to wake up the players and the win last night is something that we should take delight in. However, I think the next thing would be beating them tonight.
On a side note, does anyone else think that Benintendi looked like Dr Zira, the woman ape in the 1960s Planet of the Apes? I mean I know it’s almost a point of principle that when a guy goes to the Sox he has to grow his hair, and maybe bust some hipster style facials. It’s a lame attempt at being the “Anti-Yankees” but seriously, sometimes it just doesn’t work and this guy while playing a good game for his debut, looked wrong. Welcome to the rivalry Benintendi.