Roll call rumbles through Boston, but Yankees leave Fenway embarrassed once more

Yankees iconic roll call surrounds Fenway Park, but fails to hide disappointing performance by the team.
Boston.com
Esteban Quiñones
Monday June 17, 2024

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In the storied rivalry between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park has witnessed countless iconic moments, both triumphant and humiliating. This past weekend added a new chapter to this saga, as Yankees fans infiltrated Fenway, making their presence felt loud and clear. Despite their vocal support, the Yankees left the field not with triumph, but with their heads hung in embarrassment after a series defeat.

A Yankees roll call in enemy territory

The highlight—or perhaps the lowlight, depending on your allegiance—of the Yankees’ visit to Boston occurred during the nationally televised game on Sunday night. In an unexpected turn of events, the vocal chords of Yankees fans overpowered the home crowd, allowing their traditional “roll call” to echo through the stands of Fenway Park. This practice, a staple at Yankee Stadium, involves chanting the names of the players in the field until each acknowledges the crowd. Remarkably, this spectacle wasn’t just a one-off occurrence but a recurring theme throughout the weekend, peaking with Juan Soto’s home run on Saturday which was met with roaring cheers from the visiting fans.

ESPN’s Buster Olney highlighted the significance of this fan takeover, linking it to a growing disconnect between the Red Sox fans and their team’s management. The disenchantment has been fueled by what many perceive as the franchise’s lack of ambition and poor management decisions by owner John Henry. The Yankees, leading the Red Sox by 13 games in the standings before Sunday’s game, seemed poised to rub salt into their rivals’ wounds. Yet, despite the fanfare, the on-field performance told a different story. Bryan Hoch also confirmed through Twitter that the Yankees players acknowledged this roll call.

Yankees Fenway fiasco

The real drama unfolded on the field where the Red Sox, seemingly unbothered by the Yankee fan invasion, put on a clinic in base running and tactical play. The Yankees, despite their roll call dominance, couldn’t translate vocal support into victory. The Red Sox exploited every gap in the Yankees’ armor, particularly targeting catcher Jose Trevino, known for his weak arm. They racked up a franchise-record nine steals in one game, the most allowed by the Yankees since a 1915 matchup—also against the Red Sox.

Marcus Stroman, the Yankees’ pitcher, struggled to contain Boston’s runners, admitting post-game that he needed to adjust his game to better manage the aggressive base-stealing strategy. The Red Sox’s relentless pace and strategic baserunning culminated in a decisive 9-3 victory, marking the Yankees’ first loss in a rubber game this season and only their fourth series defeat in 23 tries.

The series was not just a loss in terms of games but also a significant blow to the Yankees’ morale. Key players like Anthony Rizzo suffered injuries, and high-pressure moments saw seasoned players like Gleyber Torres and DJ LeMahieu falter when it mattered most. The inability to capitalize on a bases-loaded situation with no outs in the seventh inning typified the Yankees’ night—a mix of misfortune and misjudgment, leaving fans and players alike in frustration.

Anthony Rizzo's collision occurred in the seventh inning of the Yankees' game against the Red Sox on Sunday. 4 Anthony Rizzo’s collision occurred in the seventh inning of the Yankees’ game against the Red Sox on Sunday, June 16, 2024.
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As the dust settles on this chapter of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, the Yankees are left to regroup and reassess. The roll call in Fenway will be remembered not for the might it displayed, but for the contrast between vocal dominance and tactical defeat. The road ahead is clear: address the cracks, manage the weaknesses, and prepare for the upcoming challenges, starting with a crucial series against the Orioles. As for the Red Ros, their spirited performance under pressure serves as a reminder of why, in baseball, the game isn’t over until the last out is made. What do you think? Leave your comment below!

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