Jim Rice says Rivalry is dead

April, 21, 2012
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He made the statements on Sirius-XM's Mad Dog Radio. Here it is:

“It’s not a rivalry anymore," Jim Rice said. "Even when I was playing it wasn’t really a rivalry because when you have a rivalry back then you’re talking about guys that started in an organization and came up and played for both teams. Now you have the free agency. And you throw the name out there, ‘rivalry’ now, and it’s not because you have other guys that come from other organizations that did not start and continue playing with the Yankees. You’ve only got two with the Yankees just about now, Mariano (Rivera) and (Derek) Jeter.”

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Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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