Battle royale brewing

For those who thought the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry reached peak intensity last season, think again.

Originally Published: April 2, 2004
By Bob Klapisch | Special to ESPN.com

If you believe Aaron Boone settled anything between the Yankees and Red Sox last October, we offer this advice free of charge: keep a safe distance from the northeast corridor in 2004. It'll be a long, hot summer in the AL East, where the ever-morphing Bronx-Fenway rivalry figures to be even more combustible than ever.

Impossible, you protest? Nothing could match the heat generated in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series? There's no second act after Boone's 11th-inning home run off Tim Wakefield? ...

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