A good baseball moment happened this past April 7th 2010 on Wednesday night at Fenway that shows fans make the rivalry and not the players. When Andy Petitte accidentally threw a pitch that bounced off Youkillis's head it was a scary moment. Youkillis was upset as he should be, he constantly gets thrown at and sometimes it is at his head. At the end of the inning Andy Pettite yelled from across the mound to say, in short, he was sorry about the pitch getting away from him.
At the top of the next inning Jeter takes a pitch from Lackey off his arm, the umpire steps out and must have felt the need to warn both teams. The fans at Fenway and the fans at home must have immediately assumed that this was payback for hitting Youkillis. The crowd at Fenway began to buzz. Things could get ugly from here. It's way overdue between these two teams. In fact the last Yankee Sox brawl was already way back in 2003 when Roger and Manny were meeting between the mound and home plate in a steroid fueled yelling match. Pedro was busy throwing 72 year old men to the ground and Jeff Nelson was beating up bull pen assistants.
Well what happens next isn't exactly that crazy. Fans got a good look into the relationship of opposing baseball players. As Jeter began to walk to first base you could see Youkillis with a little smirk, as Jeter got closer Youkillis's smirk cracked into a smile and a chuckle. When Jeter noticed Youkillis's chuckle he gave Youkillis a playful shove. You could tell now that both Lackey and Pettite did not intentionally hit either batter. It was great to see Jeter and Youkillis sharing their similar bad plate experience. Anyone could think for a moment hey these two teams get along just fine. The Yankee shortstop and the Sox first base man may even be good friends?
As fans this may be somewhat of a refreshing unimaginable idea, but who are we kidding? It's the fans that create the tensions the name calling the sibling like rivalry of two long and fought division foes. Still a little glimpse into what seemed like a behind the scenes look. It showed opposing players getting along and this was just a great, but small moment in what is going to be another long American League East season.