Switching Rivalries: From Beantown to the Bronx

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Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images

5. Kevin Youkilis

“Youk” called Fenway his home ballpark for most of his career, playing there from 2004-2012. Youk made his mark in Red Sox history, helping them end their WS curse in 2004, and once again contributing to a title in 2007. In that span, Youkilis played 953 games, compiling a .287 batting average and 133 HRs. Youkilis earned three All-Star selections, one Gold Glove, and finished in the top five voting for AL MVP once during his time with the Red Sox. He was a fan favorite in Boston – especially because he had clear disdain for then Yankee reliever Joba Chamberlain.

However, in 2012, with his career coming to a halt and the Red Sox finding themselves in last place, the Red Sox decided to ship Youkilis to the White Sox for Brent Lillibridge and Zach Stewart. Youkilis completed the 2012 season with the White Sox before entering free agency. During the 2012 offseason the Yankees found out that current third baseman Alex Rodriguez was dealing with hip issues that left his status for the upcoming 2013 season in doubt. Because of this, the Yankees decided to go after Youkilis as insurance at the third base position.

Youkilis, who was looking to keep his career alive, decided to join the “evil empire” after a decorated career in Boston. However, Youk’s stint with the Yankees lasted only twenty-eight games, and were the last twenty-eight games he would play in the Majors. Youkilis will probably be better remembered for his time as a Red Sox, although some Red Sox fans might not even of recognized Youkilis on the Yankees without facial hair.

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