In 2004, Major League Baseball declined a deal that would have sent Jon Lester and Manny Ramirez to the Texas Rangers for Alex Rodriguez. Instead, the Yankees swept in and were able to make a deal to acquire the reigning AL MVP.

Despite immense frustration from fans, the Red Sox were able to defeat the Yankees in Game 7 of the ALCS. As many will remember, the Red Sox were able to “reverse the curse” and win a World Series championship for the first time since 1918.

13 years later, the Yankees have acquired the reigning NL MVP, Giancarlo Stanton, from the Derek Jeter-owned Marlins.

The Evil Empire has returned, but the Red Sox will respond.

With the Winter Meetings wrapping up, there is plenty to be decided.

Alex Rodriguez did join the Yankees, but in that time span, the Red Sox won 2 World Series titles and escaped what would have been a disaster after Rodriguez admitted to using PED’s prior to joining the Yankees.

The Giancarlo Stanton Era may be a different time in the rivalry, but there is a chance that the dwindling flames will explode between Boston and New York.