We all know about the many notorious division rivalries in Major League Baseball…but the O’s and Yanks? This past week has shown growing tension between AL East contenders: Baltimore and New York. After a couple of stressful, nail-biters this week, it seems as if the Orioles are posing a late season threat on the Pinstripers, having 23 games left in the regular season. Yanks currently sit 1 game up on the “Angry Birds”. I dont know about you…but I have secretly contemplated pulling a “Jeffrey Maier” (see video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXtYOpjHjm0&feature=youtu.be) at Camden Yards this weekend myself.
There was some hostility with the two teams in ’96 and the huge bench-clearing brawl in ’98 when Tino Martinez got plunked by Armando Benitez, Donnie Baseball and Scott Brosius, among others, throwing fists like crazy-(http://www.veoh.com/watch/v205530035eMY6GX3?h1=Yankees+-+Orioles+brawl+5%2F19%2F98). Did this just start recently? Or is it the ghosts of baseball’s past stirring things up in the east? It may be an awakening of a sleeping giant from the 1990’s or all the way back from the turn of the 20th century.
Perhaps the rivalry dates all the way back to 1903 when the originally-Baltimore franchise was purchased by Frank Ferrell and Bill Devery and moved to New York City and called them the Highlanders. Later, in 1913 officially owning the name New York Yankees.
The O’s have not been a late season competitor for as long as most of us can remember, not having a winning season since ’97. Mark Reynolds and strong O’s lineup have turned over a new leaf and I hope do not send the Yankees to impending doom for the fall. Now they are butting heads in this heated pennant race, when a month ago the Yanks looked like they had solo possession by a long shot of the division. Yanks have won 8-out-of-16 against them this season, most W’s came earlier on. It’s nice to see the Baltimore fans liven up a tad but hopefully the Yanks haven’t ran outta gas to smoke these birds or as I say we need to “dunk those Oreos into a nice, tall glass of hot Yankee milk!”