Red Sox star provokes and says he has ‘time’ to break Yankees record

ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - MAY 20: Rafael Devers #11 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after hitting a two run home run during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays continuing his home run streak to six games in a row at Tropicana Field on May 20, 2024 in St Petersburg, Florida.

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The New York Yankees are one of the most storied franchises in sports history, known for producing legendary players like Babe Ruth. Their success has set a benchmark that players from other teams aspire to reach. Despite this, Red Sox star Rafael Devers remains optimistic about his chances to break a Yankees legend’s home run record, confidently stating that he still has “time” to achieve the milestone.

The Yankees vs. Red Sox rivalry is one of the most celebrated in American sports, reflecting the broader historical and cultural rivalry between New York and Boston. Both cities are among the most important in the United States and globally.

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Red Sox star Rafael Devers provokes Yankees saying he wants overcome Yanks' legends record
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Adding fuel to this historic rivalry, Boston Red Sox star Rafael Devers has expressed his desire to match and even surpass the home run record held by Yankees legend Don Mattingly and Dale Long, all of whom homered in eight consecutive games in the MLB.

Devers had a productive night against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday, going 1 for 3 with a walk, a run, an RBI, and a steal. However, the Rays ended his home run streak at six consecutive games, leaving him two shy of the record held by Mattingly, Griffey Jr., and Long.

According to The Boston Globe, Devers remains undeterred and is eager to chase history again.

“No,” Devers told reporters. “I have time.”

At 27, Devers is in his prime and performing at a high level, boasting a slash line of .285/.383/.563 with 10 home runs and 23 RBIs. His home run streak began on May 15 against the Rays, with subsequent homers against pitchers from the Rays, St. Louis Cardinals, and Rays again.

Mattingly’s record-setting streak occurred in 1987 from July 8-18, during which he hit 10 home runs in eight games. That season, Mattingly was an All-Star and finished seventh in MVP voting, having won the MVP award in 1985.

Although the rivalry has thrown a wrench in Devers’ ambitious plans to surpass these Yankees legends, it underscores the significant impact these players have on the game of baseball.

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