The 2010 highly anticipated Red Sox Yankees opening series at Fenway Park starting April 5th is now subject to change. The Boston Red Sox have put the word out that they would prefer not to host the first series of the year. Major League Baseball has given the two rivals the option of flip-flopping dates. If the option becomes set in stone, the Yankees would host the initial games with the Red Sox taking a Bronx mid-season showdown to Fenway.
The Red Sox organization is mostly worried about the field getting fixed up in time due to the NHL Winter Classic at Fenway, which is scheduled for New Year’s Day. New York has not been quick to budge on the new proposal, saying they are concerned about in-clement weather. The Red Sox have rejected to pay any kind of fee to switch, but would gladly return the favor in other ways down the road (earlier start for a getaway game, similar accommodations).
The Red Sox and Yankees will meet for two three-game series in their last ten games. With this said, the AL East main rivalry should be seeing most of each other in April and September. The end of season series’ should make for some thrilling games, but players are not too pleased when thinking about the start of 2010. “I don’t know why we are open up north anyway,” said Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. “It makes more sense to open on the West Coast or somewhere warm.” CC Sabathia exchanged a few laughs with reporters saying, “It’ll be cold. We know that for sure.”