The 6-9 Yankees need to move on from their early season pity party and realize it is payback time.It must start immediately, for the season can begin to flip with these next two games in the Bronx against the 6-11 Red Sox.

With all the adversity the Yankees have faced, it’s time to put that aside and remember how the Red Sox crushed them in their own ballpark in the ALDS last October, embarrassing them by winning Game 3 in a 16-1 romp and then knocking the Yankees out with a 4-3 victory in Game 4 – all this after easily winning the AL East.

Along the way, to make it worse, it was the World Champion Red Sox who made “New York, New York’’ their victory song.Those defeats and that Frank Sinatra classic should be ringing in their ears when the Yankees take the field Tuesday night in the Bronx for their first meeting of the year against Boston, especially the line “I’ll make a brand new start of it.’’

This isn’t just a meeting of two proud franchises struggling at the start of the season, and the Yankees should be more motivated than ever.

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