Red Sox, Yankees Bringing Best Records in Baseball Into First-Place Showdown


With AP Photos.The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will face each other in two regular-season games at the Olympic Stadium in London next year.

There is no better way to start the London Series and the first Major League Baseball fixture in Europe than a clash between two heavyweights of worldwide sport - the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.

"We hope this series will be the beginning of a relationship with London that persists and a continuation of increasing exposure for Major League Baseball in Europe".

Today's announcement was said to be "years in the making" with regular discussions held between Red Sox principal owner John Henry and Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner.

The London Stadium will have a 55,000 capacity for the games but Henry believes Londoners will struggle to secure tickets.

"I'm committed - as is MLB - to ensure baseball has a long-term future over many years in London". They are excited about the chance to meet new fans, and showcase the game they love.

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The MLB is the third major US league to cross the Atlantic, with the National Basketball Association and NFL having already established themselves in London. There were significant challenges that had to be overcome.

It's also the first time the Red Sox and Yankees have played one another outside of NY or Boston. We could not be happier that Commissioner Manfred has been able to make this a reality.

"I've never been to London, so I'm looking forward to that", Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

Khan said: "London is the sporting capital of the world".

Major League Baseball had planned to host regular-season matches in London in 2017, but these were abandoned due to time constraints.

The rivalry between two of the sport's most successful teams stretches back more than a century and is widely regarded as the most passionate in baseball.