As the champagne bottles were popping in the Red Sox locker room after their 4-3 American League Division Series Game 4 clincher Tuesday night, the background music was Frank Sinatra singing "New York, New York," the song that echoes around Yankee Stadium after every game.
After the Yankees had beaten the Red Sox in Game 2 at Fenway Park on Saturday, Yankees star right fielder Aaron Judge had walked by the Boston clubhouse with a boombox blaring "New York, New York."
While Red Sox manager Alex Cora shrugged it off the next day when asked about the musical maneuver, choosing instead to praise Judge as a ballplayer, it was clear his players were listening.
Cora, asked about his team's choice of music following Tuesday's clincher, said he had heard his players talking about it but laughed it off as all in good fun.
"I'm sure if they had won [the series] in Boston," Cora said, "they'd have been playing 'Dirty Water' in their clubhouse."