Boston Red Sox defeat New York Yankees, 11-4

Leave it to the greatest rivalry in sports to nearly turn a lovefest into an alley fight.

One minute, all was bliss in the Fens yesterday as the Red Sox played their final home game of the regular season and their last scheduled contest against their bitter rivals from the Bronx. Curt Schilling had treated a delighted 34,582 to one of the finest pitching performances of the season, allowing one hit to the Yankees over seven innings en route to an 11-4 victory.

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And so the curtain closes on Act One, Scene One, and it’s a happy ending. The Red Sox closed out the home season with: A) a huge lead for the wild card (six games), B) a 55-26 home record, C) An 11-4 thumping of the Yankees, and two out of three over the serfs of Steinbrenner for the weekend. (Season series, Boston 11-NY 8.)

Could the 2004 regular season at Fenway have been any better? Well, it depends on who you ask. Not for lifelong fan Chris Bernier. As five Red Sox ...