Happy Anniversary: A-Rod, Varitek spark Yankees, Red Sox fight

Remember when the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry was worth several fights a year? Those were the days. And nine years ago Tuesday was an absolute beauty, perhaps the most nasty aside from the Pedro-Zimmer incident.

One day after Yankees star Alex Rodriguez singled home the go-ahead run in the ninth in an eventual 8-7 Yankees win, he was plunked by Bronson Arroyo. After a few eff yous in Arroyo's direction, A-Rod was met with Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, who allegedly and reportedly said, "we don't throw at .260 hitters."

And it was, as they say, on:

The Yankees would go on to win the AL East, but the Red Sox would topple them in the ALCS -- after losing the first three games of the series -- and then win the World Series. What a season it was.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last five World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

Show Comments Hide Comments
CBS Sports Shop
MLB All-Star Gear
Our Latest Stories