The Yankees/Red Sox rivalry is one of the biggest in sports and as the two teams are getting closer to a possible 2004 rematch it is hard to imagine the showdown becoming more intense.
It seems that the rivalry may have spilled over into the writers thanks to beat reporter Peter Abraham of the Journal News. Abraham, who is originally from the Massachusetts area, recently took a job with the Boston Globe and will cover and blog the Red Sox next season.
The other beat writers mostly understand the move. Abraham went from a smaller suburban newspaper to a much larger daily out of Boston and he presumably got some sort of a raise. In an age of shrinking newspapers and a struggling economy, job security is becoming ever more important.
“Fans may not comprehend how somebody can go from covering the Yankees to covering the Red Sox,” Yankee beat writer Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News said, “but unlike fans, we don’t root for the team. Our team is our newspaper, and to go from a suburban paper – even a quality one like the Journal News – to the Boston Globe is a no-brainer. Good for Pete. The fact that he’s from Massachusetts and is going to live near his family is an added bonus for him.”
Still, a few of the writers are realizing that this effects more than just his readers. Every year the beat writers of each team, the Yankees and the Red Sox, play a couple of baseball games and with bragging rights on the line this move has gotten their attention.
“Mostly, I’m looking forward to him playing on the Boston media team in our annual home-and-home baseball games,” Feinsand said. “If I have a chance to take him out with a hard slide, I’m doing it. Don’t be surprised to see Tyler Kepner put one in his ribs, either.”
On the other hand, the Boston media are already looking at the benefits of bringing someone from the other side aboard. Ian Browne of MLB.com who covers the Red Sox points to Kevin O’Connell, a backup quarterback released by the Patriots and who recently helped the Jets as an example of how this could help them.
“I think the biggest advantage of bringing Pete over to this side is he can share all the intelligence of the New York team,” Browne said. “I think Abraham can give us all their signs and that could be the difference!”
Though he declined to comment, we at Bronx Baseball Daily wish Peter luck and hope that he watches out for those inside pitches.