Come with us, won't you?
So we've got two dueling archetypes in Varitek and A-Rod (accurately portrayed or no) flying the banners of two bitter, flagship rivals and attempting to throttle each other. Given the principals involved, it remains a minor miracle that the ensuing "debate" didn't ball up the Internet and fire it into the sun. I recall even the most otherwise measured and sensible of people being reduced to tribalist, spittle-flecked cretins over what you've just witnessed. And it was beautiful.
As the story goes, this was the flashpoint moment that unified the Sox and launched them toward a drought-ending championship. I find this to be patent nonsense and a glaring example of causation-correlation error, but that was and probably still is to some extent the story appended to what you see above.
So happy 10th, baseball hostilities!