Jacoby Ellsbury and 5 Boston Red Sox Who Joined the New York Yankees
5 Famous Red Sox Who Joined the Yankees
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox don't like each other. Even the most casual baseball fans know that. So when a player goes from Beantown to the Bronx, it comes as a bit of a shock. The Yankees are notorious for opening up their checkbook for big name free agents, and they struck again on Tuesday night with signing of Jacoby Ellsbury.
The former Red Sox outfielder signed a seven-year/$153 million deal with the Yankees and now he's joined a long list of famous players from Beantown to head to the Big Apple.
When you get right down to it, is a Red Sox player signing with the Yankees really that big of deal? No. But that initial shock lasts until the player makes his way back to Fenway Park as a member of the Yankees. Once they come back and all the booing gets out of the way, then things get back to normal and people forget about the change from Boston to New York. But Red Sox fans never fully forget.
Some people will never be able to wrap their heads around a player's decision to join the 'evil' Yankees. They're baseball's most loved and hated team, but year after year, they draw criticism for luring players away from less wealthy franchises with big money contracts. There's no a whole lot of debate about it, the Yankees buy their wins, year in and year out.
But when it comes to Red Sox that have joined the Yankees, the list is full of big name players. Here's a look at five guys who made waves when they decided to put on the famous pinstripes in the Bronx:
To Clemens' credit, he didn't just sign with the Yankees right after playing for the Red Sox. He spent two years in Toronto before he was traded to New York in 1999.
Damon signing with the Yankees back in 2006 was a huge deal. He was such a big part of the Red Sox dramatic comeback in the 2004 ALCS, that fans felt especially betrayed by his decision to sign with the Bronx Bombers.
Youkilis signing with the Yankees wasn't nearly as big of a deal as Damon, but it still upset Red Sox nation. However, you can't really blame a guy for signing in New York after the Red Sox traded him the season before.
Boggs spent 11 long years in Boston before signing with the Yankees in 1993. He decision paid off in the form of a World Series championship in 1996.
There's no question that the most famous Red Sox player turned Yankee is Babe Ruth. The Babe was dealt to New York way back in 1920 and the 'Curse of the Bambino' was set in motion. Ruth would go on to become the most famous player in baseball with the Yankees, while winning four more championships.