It has been confirmed, via the Guardian, that the New York Yankees will face off against the Boston Red Sox in June 2019… in London. Boston will be the home team for both of these contests, on June 29th and 30th.
Old rivalry. New ground. MLB presents the #LondonSeries: Boston @RedSox vs. New York @Yankees at London Stadium on June 29th & 30th 2019. Register now for pre-sale ticket access at https://t.co/xRy7IjGkfu pic.twitter.com/P0ausGpMV9
— MLB (@MLB) May 8, 2018
The news breaks as Boston walks into Yankee Stadium for the first time this season, which is already fueled with anticipation since the Fenway fight.
— Stadium (@WatchStadium) April 12, 2018
Interesting concept establishing a European fan base, similar to what the NFL has been doing for over a decade. This is the first European baseball game, but not the first outside of the Americas. From 2000 until 2012, eight games were played in the Tokyo Dome. Additionally, two games were played between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney. Australia in 2014, for spring training.
This is a monumental step for baseball.
According to the Guardian, Major league baseball said that it is also “committed to playing in London in 2020 and our intention is to establish a long-term footprint in the city”. This could mean the start of introducing a series of games to the Capital of England and could influence a new breed of players. Cricket is among the top tier of sports in the United Kingdom and seeing as though Baseball isn’t a stray shot from it, fans will be able to pick up and adapt the game quickly.
London Stadium, home of the 2012 Summer Olympics, will be this venue for this set of matches. The stadium holds 55,000 in attendance and will be converted from its traditional cricket roots.
If this season holds true to next, this game will feature two of the most elite rosters in all of Major League Baseball. Both teams showcase all-star talent and unbelievable rotations. It makes you wonder if maybe there should be a full three or four-game stretch in the future?
Is this a good thing for Major League Baseball?