Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sold Babe Ruth's contract to the Yankees for $100,000. The Curse of the Bambino was born.
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The rivalry had a rebirth of sorts when the Yankees' Lou Piniella tried to run over Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk at the plate. A brawl broke out, during which New York's Mickey Rivers sucker punched Boston's Bill Lee, who had to go on the disabled list until September with a separated pitching shoulder.
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Over The Monster
In a one-game playoff, the diminutive Bucky Dent smashed a three-run homer in the seventh inning at Fenway Park for a 5-4 win. The Yankees had come back from 14 games out in late July to win the AL East.
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Zimmer vs. Pedro
During Game 3 of the ALCS, Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer rushed Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez during a brawl and was tossed unceremoniously on his face.
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The Yankees came back from a 5-2 deficit in the eighth inning against a tiring Pedro Martinez to send Game 7 of the ALCS into extra innings. That set the stage for Aaron Boone's game-winning homer in the bottom of the 11th.
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The Hot Stove season turned bitter for the Red Sox as their deal for Texas' superstar shortstop fell through. The Yankees stepped into the void and acquired Alex Rodriguez in exchange for second baseman Alfonso Soriano.
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A-Rod vs. Varitek
The Red Sox were playing listless baseball until an A-Rod-Jason Varitek tussle sparked a brawl and an 11-10 comeback win for Boston. The Red Sox posted a 45-20 record the rest of the season on their way toward the World Series title.
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Go Roberts Go
Down 3-0 in the ALCS and down 4-3 in the ninth inning of Game 4, Dave Roberts stole second base and Bill Mueller knocked him in against vaunted closer Mariano Rivera. In the 12th inning, David Ortiz won the game, 6-4, with a walkoff home run. The game lasted longer than five hours.
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One night later, Ortiz provided another walkoff hit in Game 5, this time with a bloop single in the 14th inning of a game that lasted 5:49.
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Blood and Guts
Curt Schilling and his bloody sock gutted out a must-win game for the Red Sox. Schilling went seven innings on his aching ankle, giving up four hits and one run in a 4-2 victory that set up a Game 7 and the culmination of the greatest comeback in postseason history.
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Jason Giambi blasted a solo HR for the game's only run in a critical late-season New York win at Yankee Stadium that gave the second-place Bombers a series victory against the first-place Red Sox. The Yankees got off to a horrendous start in 2005, but eventually caught the Red Sox down the stretch, eventaully clinching their eighth straight AL East title at Fenway Park on the next-to-last day of the season.
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