Fred Lynn lives out the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry on 'Old Baseball Cards'

A couple things you should know about the great Fred Lynn: He doesn’t care for the New York Yankees or the National League — two facts that become abundantly clear on this week’s fun new episode of “Old Baseball Cards,” Yahoo Sports’ baseball-card driven nostalgia show.

Lynn, the Boston Red Sox great who famously won the MVP and Rookie of the Year in the same season, joined us to open up packs of 1980 and 1987 Topps. One pack had a lot of Yankees and one pack had some Red Sox greats. You can figure out which one he liked best.

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We talk about Jim Rice, Carl Yastrzemski, Ron Guidry, Dusty Baker, his days at USC and lots more, plus we pull off what amounts to the perfect trade given Lynn’s side in the famous Yankees-Red Sox rivalry.

Red Sox great Fred Lynn opens Topps cards from 1980 and 1987. (Yahoo Sports)
Red Sox great Fred Lynn opens Topps cards from 1980 and 1987. (Yahoo Sports)

If you’re here for the first time, welcome to “Old Baseball Cards,” a show where we open up old packs of the cards from the ’80s and ’90s with baseball players, coaches and famous fans. The cards aren’t worth much, but the stories and memories are priceless. If you like this episode, I’d recommend you also check out the episodes with Dave Winfield, Dusty Baker and George Brett.

Previously on Old Baseball Cards
MUST-SEE EPISODES: David Ross | Dave Winfield | Tim Raines | Thomas Ian Nicholas aka Henry Rowengartner | Mike Krukow | Gary Vee | Randy Johnson | Felipe Alou | George Brett | Torey Lovullo | Pedro Martinez | Bronson Arroyo | Eric Davis | Dusty Baker | Hank Azaria | Alex Rodriguez | Scott Boras | A.J. Ellis | Bernie Williams | Chase Utley | John Smoltz | Best trades of 2017 | Best finds of 2017 | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 1) | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 2)

CROSSOVER EPISODES: The Miz | Metta World Peace

STARS FROM BACK IN THE DAY: Eduardo Perez | J.J. Putz | Luis Gonzalez | Duane Kuiper | Edgar Martinez | Ryne Sandberg | Frank Thomas | Sandy Alomar Jr. | Delino DeShields | Cliff Floyd | Dan Plesac | Aaron Boone | Bobby Bonilla | Andre Dawson | Ivan Rodriguez | Jack Morris | Jeff Nelson | Mark Teixeira | Rick Ankiel | Kevin Millar

MANAGERS/COACHES: Terry Francona | Joe Maddon | Bruce Bochy | Clint Hurdle | Buck Showalter | Brad Mills | Bob Melvin | Dave Roberts | Gabe Kapler | Alex Cora | Dave Martinez | Ron Gardenhire | Scott Servais

CURRENT PLAYERS: CC Sabathia | Curtis Granderson | Noah Syndergaard | Kyle Hendricks | Clayton Kershaw | Todd Coffey | John Axford | Dee Gordon | Adam Eaton | Rajai Davis | Brad Ziegler & Tyler Clippard | Buster Posey, David Price & Anthony Rizzo

CELEBS: Kurt Busch | Bill Nye | HQ’s Scott Rogowsky | Mr. Belding | Alyssa Milano | Josh Duhamel | Joel McHale

ETC: Chris “Mad Dog” Russo | Josh Kusnick | Jeff Passan | Ken Kendrick

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