JD Martinez to the Boston Red Sox is good for everyone involved, including the Los Angeles Dodgers and everyone not named Paul Goldschmidt.
Get that man as far away from the National League West as possible. I love all of the talk of the American League East is the “AL BEAST”, as if the Tampa Bay Rays aren’t bottoming out this past week to make you think maybe Derek Jeter might be running both Florida teams into the ground just for post-retirement fun. Give me the now Eric Hosmer led San Diego Padres and all of that “volcano full of hot talent lava” over the Tampa Swamp Rays, give me the San Francisco Giants and their aging stars of Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria (added Madison Bumgarner to this list for my guilty pleasure) over the fire sale waiting to happen to the Baltimore Orioles, give me 100x gold glove winner Nolan Arenado’s Colorado Rockies and the thin air of Coors field over the other fire sale waiting to happen in Toronto, give me the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ace in Zack Greinke and stone faced Goldschmidt over ESPN’s favorite butt-buddies Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton of the New York Yankees, please give me the team that came within ONE WIN of the World Series in the Dodgers over the reigning and STILL AL East favorite Boston Red Sox.
The two-headed monster of the AL East does not compete with the competitive nature of the NL West. Put that shitty narrative to bed.
However, let me jump in the front seat of the narrative that the Red Sox and Yankees rivalry is back. And back for the long haul.
The Yankees became the evil empire once again this offseason when they were gifted Stanton from the Miami Marlins. The Red Sox countered this week by adding power-bat JD Martinez with an opt-out after two years (beautiful contract for Boston) to a stacked lineup of young stars Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers. Throw in an ace like Chris Sale, and former CY Young award winners/big question marks in David Price and Rick Porcello to build a formidable rotation to get the ball to all-star closer Craig Kimbrel on the back end.
The Yankees have the best bullpen in the league, two guys who can hit the ball to Mars plus Gary Sanchez and a pitching staff with a potential ace in Luis Severino followed by similar question marks that might haunt the Red Sox. Both teams are equally easy to hate for no other reason than an obvious East Coast bias that irritates the best coast. They will play on national television every time they play, I’ll watch every single six-hour game with zero complaints and keep finding reasons to hate all the players simply because they don’t play for the Dodgers.
I favor Boston because of a deeper lineup, a true ace, and JD, who will homer once on a fly ball to right field at Yankee Stadium and immediately become public enemy No.1 in New York for at least the next two years. That’s when the Rivalry will officially be back.