Yankees, Red Sox Could Celebrate Together
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox might have the fiercest rivalry in sports, but one of the most bizarre scenes between the two storied franchises could unfold this weekend at Yankee Stadium.
Can you imagine Derek Jeter and Joba Chamberlain embracing a few feet away from Kevin Youkilis spraying Dustin Pedroia with champagne?
It could happen if the Yankees clinch the American League East and the Red Sox secure the AL wild card on the same day.
The Yankees, who clinched a playoff spot Tuesday, have a magic number of five, and the Red Sox were at four entering their game Thursday night. If the right set of circumstances develops, with the Texas Rangers losing at least two games, these hated rivals could be popping open champagne together Sunday. It's also possible the Red Sox could celebrate before the Yankees, clinching a wild card as the Yankees wait to win the division.
"Let it be spontaneous, nothing choreographed," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "I don't want us not to enjoy the moment because of what we have done in the past."
Every playoff berth but one could be determined this weekend. The AL Central is the only race that can't be clinched; the Detroit Tigers entered Thursday with a 2 1/2-game lead on the Minnesota Twins. The teams play each other in a four-game series beginning Monday.