The Atlantic

How the Yankees Became Baseball’s Most Improbable Underdogs

The Red Sox’s ALDS victory completes the archrivals’ role reversal.
Source: Adam Hunger / USA TODAY Sports / Reuters

Bucky Dent threw out the first pitch. Aaron Boone assumed his managerial perch in the home-team dugout. And in an agonizing ninth inning—as Craig Kimbrel hunched over the mound, the New York Yankees loaded the bases, and fans watched breathlessly—Babe Ruth seemed to wink at the Red Sox from his plaque in Monument Park.  

But try as they might, the ghosts of Octobers past didn’t haunt the Red Sox on Tuesday.   

It took four games for the Sox to put away the Yankees, and despite a less-than-dominant start in Games One and Two at home, Boston punched its ticket to the American League Championship Series in this year’s divisional title: the Bronx.  

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from The Atlantic

The Atlantic7 min readPsychology
The Therapeutic Potential of Stanning
“Superhero therapy” encourages people to think like their favorite movie characters. It seems to work.
The Atlantic9 min readSociety
The Common Misconception About ‘High Crimes and Misdemeanors’
The constitutional standard for impeachment is different from what’s at play in a regular criminal trial.
The Atlantic5 min readScience
The Worst Day in Earth’s History Contains an Ominous Warning
One of the planet’s most dramatic extinctions was caused in part by ocean acidification, which has become a problem in our own era.