22 January 2021



Avi Scheinberg

The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees were at each other’s throats for all of 2020. They were the top 2 teams in the AL East and were set to face off in the ALDS. Both teams swept their opponents in the Wild Card round with the Rays handling the Toronto Blue Jays and the Yankees taking down the Cleveland Indians. The biggest moment between the two clubs during the season was when Yankees pitcher, Aroldis Chapman, threw a 100 mph fastball over the head of Rays’ infielder, Mike Brosseau. Chapman struck out Brosseau to end the game but a bench-clearing incident ensued following the game’s conclusion and neither team forgot what happened. The next game, Brosseau hit 2 home runs against the Yankees leading to a Rays win. These were two teams that didn’t like each other and were well aware of their mutual disliking of one another.

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