Red Sox and Yankees are slated to play a two-game series in London next year
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According to Bloomberg, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees will participate in a two-game series in London in June 2019. The games will take place in London Stadium.
Not only will this series mark the first MLB games to be hosted in London, but it will be the first time MLB has played games in Europe. They are the last of the major sports leagues to do so.
The most-recent CBA (collective bargaining agreement) between MLB owners and players stipulated a commitment to expanding baseball to various places around the globe.
The Red Sox last played an international contest in Tokyo against the Oakland Athletics in 2008. It was also a two-game series and the victories were split between the ball clubs.
Bloomberg cited an undisclosed baseball source for their information.
Having the arguably best rivalry in sports as Major League Baseball’s Europe debut, is a very savvy move. The buzz around this series should be outstanding. It is a wonderful step in the right direction for the MLB, which wishes to generate more international interest in its product.
I am curious as to which team will be anointed the “home” team in this game. As far as I am concerned, it would be practical to count the neutral playing field as one home game for each team. It is a two-game series, after all. With that said, when Boston went to Tokyo to play Oakland, they counted both as home games for the A’s.
London Stadium hosts 66,000 people and I cannot wait to hear the noise that crowd makes when J.D. Martinez hits a walk-off dinger for the Red Sox. Fingers crossed.