Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia reacts after swinging at a pitch in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York City on September 28, 2016. With a win the Red Sox will clinch the American League East Division. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo
The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees might be taking their rivalry overseas.
Red Sox owner John Henry and Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner have been discussing the possibility of playing a series in London as soon a 2018, the Boston Herald reports.
"The Yankees have been at the forefront of suggesting that we bring the great game of baseball to London," Yankees president Randy Levine said, via ESPN.com. "There have been some meaningful attempts to do so, and we are hopeful and confident that we can play there soon. Playing the Red Sox in London would be a unique and special event."
Red Sox president Sam Kennedy downplayed the report while admitting interest in an international series with New York.
"There's nothing to the story at this point," Kennedy said. "However, if MLB decides that we are a good fit for it down the road, the team would love to do it."
The series would have to be played at a soccer or rugby arena, per the Herald. Olympic Stadium, which was built for the 2012 Summer Olympics, is reportedly a leading candidate to host the games.
MLB's newly-ratified collective bargaining agreement includes a commitment to playing multiple games internationally, with London being the only city mentioned.
Commissioner Rob Manfred has also indicated interest in playing games in London in October.
"I think we would be popular in London," Manfred said, via ESPN. "I think we could sell the games. I think we could make money with the undertaking. So it's something that we'll continue to discuss with the players' association."