The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry had fizzled just a little in the past two seasons with the Yankees failing to reach the postseason in 2013 and the Red Sox falling to last place in 2012.
Does the move of Jacoby Ellsbury from center field at Fenway to the big ballyard in the Bronx re-ignite it a little bit?
CSNNE baseball analyst and former Red Sox infielder Lou Merloni thinks so, and not only because of the Ellsbury move.
"Remember there are other people involved now, too," Merloni pointed out. For example, the Yanks' new catcher Brian McCann took exception to some showboating home run trots while with the Braves last season. Does that become an issue between McCann and David Ortiz after one of Big Papi's blasts next season?
Also, new Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski has been known to get under an opponent's skin. Does his insertion into the rivalry add fuel? That's what Merloni is wondering.
Still, Merloni said "it's all about being competitive. If both teams are competitive, it's there."