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Sure, it has been overplayed -- and it has been relived in countless books. But that doesn't make the rivalry any less real. And this was the best decade in the history of the rivalry -- the victories went back and forth throughout. The Red Sox came back from 3-0 down. But the Yankees won the famous Pedro Martinez game. But the Red Sox were one of the few teams that had some success against Mariano Rivera. But the Yankees got A-Rod. And so on.

Text: Joe Posnanski/SI.com
Photo: Damian Strohmeyer, Walter Iooss Jr./SI

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