MLB: Boston Red Sox Vs. New York Yankees

MLB: Boston Red Sox Vs. New York Yankees

words_Nick Engvall

There are rivalries between your favorite team and your favorite opponent, but the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees rivalry seems to be a notch or two above the next best rivalry in baseball, and possibly in all of sports.

By no means am I a big fan of either of these two teams, but when they take the same field, I am sure that I am not the only one that suddenly pays a little more attention. However, I am a big fan of baseball, and the Red Sox and Yankees play the game against each other on a level that is arguably better than any two teams ever have.

Last night, the first game of a short two game series was more proof. An epic 4+ hour slug fest was just another notch on the belt for the greatest rivalry in sports debate.

The Yankees started out with five runs in the bottom of the first and seem to be off and running, but Boston crawled back. After a home run by Kevin Youkilis in the eighth to put them up 8-7, it looked as if the struggling Red Sox had finally found a way to prevail. Until two, two run home runs in the bottom of the ninth, one by Alex Rodriguez, and the second by an unlikely hero, Marcus Thames, the Yankees had added another tally mark in the win column of this longstanding rivalry.

The competitiveness when these two teams take the field is unbelievable. It’s as if the entire starting lineups of each team take on the competitive nature of their team captains,¬† and don’t give up until the final out is made, or in the case of last night’s game, the final run is scored.

With all the debate around current superstar players not putting forth effort, and debate as to whether MLB games are too long, the Red Sox and Yankees rivalry proves that the effort is there. As for the games being long, if you were watching last night’s game you would be hard pressed to find time amongst the excitement of the game, to worry about how long it took.

It’s probably safe to say, that baseball fans can all agree that games like last night are welcomed no matter how long the game takes, and the rivalry between the Red Sox and Yankees is one that makes the game of baseball so great.

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MLB: Boston Red Sox Vs. New York Yankees

Nike Sportswear x Futura x New York Yankees

Nike x Futura x Yankees Be True Collectionwords_Nick Engvall

Legendary graffiti artist Futura, or Futura 2000 as he is also known, has teamed with Nike Sportswear to pay tribute to his hometown New York Yankees with a collection of fan gear. Of course, teaming up with one of the most well known and respected artists in graffiti and streetwear culture, Nike Sportswear couldn’t just offer up the standard pinstripes. The collaborative collection has been called the “Be True” Collection

For those that aren’t familiar with Futura, his career in art and design started in the subways of New York City in the early 1970’s. By the early 1980’s he had moved into more law-friendly use of his natural abilities, illustrating and designing album artwork for musicians like The Clash. Futura’s path into streetwear and design has landed his name on countless clothing pieces and sneakers, but this collaboration has a special meaning to Futura, who as a youngster had dreams of playing in the big leagues himself.

The Nike Sportswear x Futura collection includes a variety of Yankees gear including jerseys, lightweight jackets and tees. Be sure to take a close look at the detailing. For instance, on the Stadium Shirt, at first you’ll notice the classic Yankees pinstripes. However, after a closer look the pinstripes are actually made up of details of the franchise’s countless records and stats. One thing that is consistent across all pieces of the collection is the unmistakable Futura caricature. The “Bronx Bomber” is Futura’s creative spin on the The Pinstripers in a graffiti-like drawing that, for those familiar with his artwork, is classic Futura.

The Nike Stadium Jacket and Stadium Jersey both feature a button down front just like the big leagues, including Futura’s Bronx Bomber graphics embroidered onto the left chest, offset with a spray paint-like speckled “NY” Yankees logo on the opposite side. Bronx Bombers is also embroidered onto the sleeves¬† of the Stadium Jacket as well as the “27” that celebrates the number of Yankees world championships in the franchise’s history. While the Stadium Jacket and Stadium Jersey feature embroidered details, the shirts feature both embroidered and screen printed graphics that also pay tribute to baseball’s most winning franchise.

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