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08:53 AM ET 02.22 | Just two days into full-squad spring training workouts, the sparks already are flying between the Yankees and the defending World Series champion Red Sox. Friday, Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino took several swipes at the Yankees' big spending ways that helped lure center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury from Fenway Park to The Bronx with a seven-year $153 million deal. Later in the day, Yankees president Randy Levine responded to Lucchino, who years ago referred to the Bombers as the "Evil Empire." "I feel bad for Larry. He continuously sees ghosts and is spooked by the Yankees," Levine said. "I guess I can understand why, since two years ago he and Bobby Valentine's plan led to a last-place finish. "[General manager] Ben Cherington and the Red Sox did a great job last year, but I think Cash [Brian Cashman] and Joe [Girardi] will have our guys more than ready to compete with a great Red Sox team for a world championship this year." Lucchino insisted the Yankees and Red Sox shouldn't be considered as having the same business models.

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February 22, 2014  09:04 AM ET

Larry can be a first class A - clown, but he really didn't say anything that should be taken as a swipe at the Yankees. Randy should calm down. If anything the Yankees are the team who look spooked right now. Going on a half a billion dollar spending spree, after seeing the Sox win the WS is evidence of that.

February 22, 2014  09:48 AM ET

Levine should calm down until the Yankers win something.
He sounds a bit defensive about all that spending, and I'm still not convinced they have the pitching to win much.

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February 22, 2014  11:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Larry can be a first class A - clown, but he really didn't say anything that should be taken as a swipe at the Yankees.

I agree. But I do like Levine's Bobby V reference as it is prime evidence that Lucchino doesn't know as much as he think he does.

February 22, 2014  12:02 PM ET

its good for baseball when the yankees and sox are fighting

February 22, 2014  01:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

its good for baseball when the yankees and sox are fighting

Even when it's a cripple fight involving Lucchino?

February 22, 2014  01:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

its good for baseball when the yankees and sox are fighting

Yep, good stuff.

February 22, 2014  03:31 PM ET

The rivalry has been revived.

February 22, 2014  04:18 PM ET

This gets my start the season juices really going . I am going watch Nettles/Lee video again.

February 22, 2014  05:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Larry can be a first class A - clown, but he really didn't say anything that should be taken as a swipe at the Yankees. Randy should calm down. If anything the Yankees are the team who look spooked right now. Going on a half a billion dollar spending spree, after seeing the Sox win the WS is evidence of that.

the teams presidents should calm down,there is no need to be so offensive to each other organization,one thing i know both big guys should use their knowleledge and and positive energy in the teams needs and demands,,why fight without any reason?yankees and red sox should focus in the coming championship!!

February 22, 2014  05:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

its good for baseball when the yankees and sox are fighting

but but both big shots should use their energy towards the team's motivation in the regular season,,why waste their energy in little things??

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February 22, 2014  07:57 PM ET

Is it possible that both teams lose????

February 22, 2014  08:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Is it possible that both teams lose????

NO!

February 22, 2014  09:14 PM ET

Lucchino is a knob of the highest degree. No other Executive is as obsessed with an opponent in any major sport than this tool. The Sox are exactly the same model as the Yanks, except they can't afford to spend as much as their richer cousins. Lucchino and his club have made expensive buys in the free agent market as well, but somehow, they want everyone to keep referring to the Sox as a smaller market, or poor boy in the East. Their payroll is a monster as well, and if it weren't for the morons in Los Angeles, they would still be saddled by Gonzalez, Crawford and Beckett.

February 22, 2014  11:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Lucchino is a knob of the highest degree. No other Executive is as obsessed with an opponent in any major sport than this tool. The Sox are exactly the same model as the Yanks, except they can't afford to spend as much as their richer cousins. Lucchino and his club have made expensive buys in the free agent market as well, but somehow, they want everyone to keep referring to the Sox as a smaller market, or poor boy in the East. Their payroll is a monster as well, and if it weren't for the morons in Los Angeles, they would still be saddled by Gonzalez, Crawford and Beckett.

The Red Sox had a lapse of judgment that they remedied. The Yankees have been going after the highest priced free agents, regardless of clubhouse chemistry and character, since the mid-90s. While it brought them some success, the Sox have been generally consistent with bringing in character players, minus the players you mentioned. Lucchino is a total tool, but to say that the Yankees and the Sox operate in the same way is FAR from accurate. Just look at the WS-winning roster from last year. I don't see the Yankees trying to improve the clubhouse vibe with signings like Napoli, Gomes and Dempster. They want high-end talent, and if the players all hate each other, so be it. The A-Rod to 3B move when he was clearly the more talented SS paints the picture. All ego, all the time. It's a me, me, me organization, with few exceptions over the last two decades. The Red Sox have had three WS wins, and two of those teams were generally filled with average players with above average attitudes.

February 23, 2014  07:04 AM ET
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The Red Sox had a lapse of judgment that they remedied. The Yankees have been going after the highest priced free agents, regardless of clubhouse chemistry and character, since the mid-90s. While it brought them some success, the Sox have been generally consistent with bringing in character players, minus the players you mentioned. Lucchino is a total tool, but to say that the Yankees and the Sox operate in the same way is FAR from accurate. Just look at the WS-winning roster from last year. I don't see the Yankees trying to improve the clubhouse vibe with signings like Napoli, Gomes and Dempster. They want high-end talent, and if the players all hate each other, so be it. The A-Rod to 3B move when he was clearly the more talented SS paints the picture. All ego, all the time. It's a me, me, me organization, with few exceptions over the last two decades. The Red Sox have had three WS wins, and two of those teams were generally filled with average players with above average attitudes.

Well said!

February 23, 2014  07:17 AM ET

Shut Up Randy, go back to doing nothing, or play in Steinbrenners Sand!!!

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February 23, 2014  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

The Red Sox had a lapse of judgment that they remedied. The Yankees have been going after the highest priced free agents, regardless of clubhouse chemistry and character, since the mid-90s. While it brought them some success, the Sox have been generally consistent with bringing in character players, minus the players you mentioned. Lucchino is a total tool, but to say that the Yankees and the Sox operate in the same way is FAR from accurate. Just look at the WS-winning roster from last year. I don't see the Yankees trying to improve the clubhouse vibe with signings like Napoli, Gomes and Dempster. They want high-end talent, and if the players all hate each other, so be it. The A-Rod to 3B move when he was clearly the more talented SS paints the picture. All ego, all the time. It's a me, me, me organization, with few exceptions over the last two decades. The Red Sox have had three WS wins, and two of those teams were generally filled with average players with above average attitudes.

That's a rather myopic view, replete with numerous factual inaccuracies.

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