VIDEO: Happy 10th anniversary, A-Rod-Varitek brawl

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It was 10 years ago this very day that Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees and Jason Varitek of the Red Sox exchanged profane utterances followed by street-fighting moves in Fenway Park. 

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! 

CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for and He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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