Stop the presses! Hold the phone! Tweet, tweet, tweet!

A Yankee catcher admits he has no fondness for the Boston Red Sox. Not since Tom Brady admitted his lack of affection for the New York Jets last year has there been such an earth-shaking announcement.

Russell Martin told the media how much he hates the Red Sox!

In Boston, such earthquakes generally run around 3.0 on the Richter Scale, hardly more than a grumble over spilled milk.

Russell Martin flirted with the Red Sox in the offseason when inquiries were made to spend a few million dollars on him, but he blew cold when the flowers and candy proved to be less substantial than a New York speed-dating minute.

In Red Sox and Yankee catcher wars, you have to go back to Carleton Fisk and Thurman Munson to find more fireworks, though Jason Varitek notably stuck a mitt into Alex Rodriguez’s snout a few years back. Jarrod Saltalamacchia criticized Yankee catchers for doing the cha-cha during their previous series in Boston.

Martin now struts his Bronx ties like a peacock on a low-rated network.

Such pronouncements usually arrive when the opposing team has confidence that they shall not again return to Fenway Park this season. An attitude like that makes for a great mixed martial arts matchup. Take that, magic number.

The Yankees must already have found their adversary in Florida or Texas, where the hothouse flowers wilt in the cold breeze off the Hudson River.

Suffice it to say—the Red Sox don’t have much of a bone to pick with Martin. The Sox are too busy turning on each other to pay much attention to those Yankees. 

The squabbles between Theo Epstein and Terry Francona are among the rumors spicing up the Boston airwaves.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia may wonder if his Yankees counterpart has some of the hot Latin temperament he earlier noted with another Yankee catcher.

Alas, all this ill will would be kind of fun if the Red Sox weren’t about to play the last act of the season in whimper mode.

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