Just the mere mention of a 'Yankees-Red Sox' playoff series conjures up an amazing level of excitement and energy for baseball fans as well as some great diamond memories (especially for supporters of the Bronx Bombers).
This certainly holds true for long-time teammates and close friends Tom Poti and Dan LaCouture. Both are Massachusetts-born and spend their off-season there (Poti is from Worcester, Massachusetts and LaCouture from Natick, Massachusetts) and certainly are on the same page on many things. But when it comes to baseball, a line must be drawn on the ice.
With differing opinions on the outcome of this series as long as the stretch of highway between the two cities, Poti, a longtime Yanks fan and LaCouture, a life-long Red Sox supporter, share their thoughts on the American League Championship Series. Will the 'Curse of the Bambino' continue? Here's what they had to say:
TOM POTI: "I've caught my share of ribbing being from Massachusetts and rooting for the Yanks. I'm fine with that. Game 2 of the Twins series was my first-ever trip to Yankee Stadium and it's just an amazing place to watch a game."
"This series, like most, will be all about the pitching and the Yanks have a solid bunch of arms. They're also a more rested group and that will help them in this series. This is one of the best rivalries in all of sports, so it should be exciting."
PREDICTION: Yanks in 5 __________________
DAN LaCOUTURE: "These two teams have one of the top rivalries in sports dating back for years. Baseball fans want to see a Yankees-Red Sox playoff series because it'll be an exciting one with amazing energy. It's just great for baseball. Both teams have such passionate fans and it makes for a good scenerio all around."
"The Sox need to have all of their guys going on all cylinders at the plate and need a strong showing from their bullpen in order to win. The Yanks are probably the best team in baseball but Boston is coming off a strong rally in the Oakland series. It'll be exciting."
PREDICTION: I don't want to jinx the Sox by making any prediction. I see the series going 6 or 7 games, though.