The rivalry feels a bit muted this year. The Red Sox, otherwise engaged in trading poorly aimed punches with a resurgent Tampa Bay team, haven’t spent much time gazing back at the AL East’s third-place team; the principal drama of the Yankees’ season so far has been the epic battle between the team’s pitching staff and its disabled list. Disclosures of a certain lucky (shared?) animal-print thong and an unsightly, sweat-soaked Jason Giambi mustache haven’t exactly made this year’s New York Yankees team likable to anyone but the dudes who wear those hats with all 26 championships crammed in above the brim. The Sox, meanwhile, like certain other Boston teams, just win. But the Red Sox vs. the Yankees remains baseball’s premier regular-season event, especially over the weekend that All-Star selections are announced, and especially in Yankee Stadium, which will go the way of the Curse come September—or, if the local team has its way, October.

July 3-6, 7:05 p.m., 2008