Baseball’s Long-Running Rivalry

By Anthony Nostro

The New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers are one of the greatest rivalries in all of baseball. Stemming from their fierce battles in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s they met a total of 11 times in the World Series with the Yankees winning eight of those 11. Both teams had terrific seasons this year, with each team coming close to grabbing yet another Series title.

The Dodgers came up short in this year’s fall classic losing to the Houston Astros in a compelling seven game series that ended in a 5-1 win by Houston in LA. The Yanks, just like their Hollywood rivals, fell short in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series to the Astros.

People who follow sports know defeat is never a good feeling, but for both teams there can be many positives to take from this season. With the Yankees overachieving this year and the Dodgers remaining one of the best teams in baseball, both teams know that the coming years can be very bright. The Yankees have the best farm system in baseball and some of their best prospects have yet to make their debut in the pinstripes. For the Dodgers, they remain one of the deepest teams in baseball and have an excellent mix of veterans along with young, upcoming stars.

The possibility of seeing the long-storied rivals meet in the Series once again is at its highest point since the early ‘80s. Many New Yorkers, including Bronx native Tony Nostro, would love to see the rivalry resume. “A reliving of my childhood but with new faces and new young talent with a mix of veterans would be something memorable for all baseball fans to admire,” Nostro said.

With both teams still having the bitter taste of defeat in their mouths, you can bet revenge is fresh on their minds as they get set for next season. Don’t be surprised if you see these two meet many times in the fall classic over the next couple years. It will be great for all baseball fans.