The idea of a New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox series in London has at least one notable backer, as Yankees manager Aaron Boone is showing his support.
There has been considerable discussion about Major League Baseball making a foray into London, with a series between the Red Sox and Yankees serving as a showcase. Nothing official has been announced to this point, but reports have indicated that the two teams will meet at London Stadium for a 2019 regular-season series from June 29-30.
With an official announcement expected soon, however, Boone is showing his support for the idea, adding that he hopes that the series serves as a good showcase for the sport. More from The New York Post:
“I’ve never been [to London], so I’m looking forward to that. It’s a long ways off but hopefully it’s something that’s good for our game, grow our game, obviously, in Europe,’’ Boone said before the Yankees’ 6-5 victory over the Astros on Thursday. “Hopefully getting two big teams out there will be a great thing for the sport.”
Word that the Yankees and Red Sox would play in London surfaced in spring training.
“It probably doesn’t hurt,’’ Boone said of blood rivals playing two games in London. “It’s a long ways out but something [to] look forward to doing if we get the chance.’’
An announcement on the London series is expected next week, according to a report Thursday from the AP. If it does come to fruition, the Yankees-Red Sox series in London will not be the only international series MLB has on tap for 2019. As announced earlier this week, the Seattle Mariners and Oakland A’s will begin the season with a two-game series at the Tokyo Dome from March 20-21.
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