The Boston Red Sox are the champions of baseball in 2007 and deservedly so. However I must take issue with those clamoring to call them a "dynasty" or the "gold standard" of baseball. Perhaps winning twice in four years can go to one's head a little after not winning once in 86.
Certainly with this most recent championship Boston has put itself slightly in the lead for team of this decade since 2000 with two championships, two pennants, one division title and four playoff apperances, ahead of New York's one title, three pennants, six division titles and seven playoff apperances.
However all of this hype and hoopla is very comical in what standards have been set in terms of what constitutes a dynasty. I mean come on Boston, as a Celtics fan I know what constitutes a dynasty and two in four years ain't it. After the Yankees won in 1996 and again in 1998, I didn't automatically say "DYNASTY." Unless of course you count teams that won two championships within a seven year timespan a dynasty then congratulations, you're the Minnesota Twins or the Toronto Blue Jays or the Florida Marlins, but NOT the gold standard of baseball.
And while some of the core still remains with Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte, I understand that these Yankees are not those Yankees of the 1990's. But still it's not like the Yankees haven't won in 40 years, they just took four titles in five years and six pennants in eight. Call me when you do that and we'll talk.
It's still 26 championships to 7, so tell me... who's chasing who?