The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry is known as one of the most contentious in all of sports. Over the years, Red Sox fans have developed special hatred for a certain few Yankees players, whatever the reason may be.
Though every Yankee is the absolute worst, these 10 take the cake.
10. Luke Voit
There is just something about Luke Voit's face that infuriates Red Sox fans. He looks like a classic, stereotypical Yankee fan stumbled onto the field and picked up a bat. His success came out of absolutely nowhere, which adds to Sox fans' belief that the Yankees are the Evil Empire. They constantly get lucky with players like Voit who seem to come from thin air.
9. Gary Sanchez
Whether it be his lazy attitude or pure inconsistency, something about Gary Sanchez simply rubs Red Sox fans the wrong way. They'll never forget his spat with Ryan Brasier in the 2018 ALDS, when Sanchez refused to get in the box, prompting Brasier to curse the catcher out. Brasier ended up striking Sanchez out, which was extra satisfying for Red Sox Nation.
8. Brett Gardner
The most infuriating thing about Brett Gardner is purely his longevity. Red Sox fans feel like he's been a Yankee for an eternity. His attitude can also tend to be very alienating. From constantly getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes to destroying his bat following strikeouts, it just seems like he's always complaining, and his foul-filled ABs last as long as his endless career.
7. Joba Chamberlain
Joba Chamberlain LOVED throwing at Red Sox hitters. We especially remember his heated rivalry with Kevin Youkilis. Chamberlain threw at Youkilis multiple times, resulting in a two-game suspension in 2007. It was incidents like this that made the Yankees so easy to hate throughout the 2000s.
6. Johnny Damon
Sox fans will never forget his historic contributions to the 2004 World Series-winning team, but when Johnny Damon signed with the Yankees in 2005, it hurt. He ditched the outlandish haircut and facial hair that made him such a beloved figure in Boston for a clean-cut look and pinstripes. This represented the differences between the two franchises and only added fuel to the fire of the rivalry.
5. Aroldis Chapman
There are almost too many reasons to hate Aroldis Chapman. He's simply not a good guy. It's despicable that the Yankees employ him as their closer. He famously (reportedly) fired eight shots into a wall during a domestic dispute with his girlfriend before the Yanks traded for him at a discount rate in 2015. This made Rafael Devers' game-tying home run off Chapman in the ninth inning of a 2017 game at Yankee Stadium extra sweet for Sox fans.
4. Derek Jeter
Red Sox fans can admit that Derek Jeter is one of the best shortstops of all-time, but that admission doesn't come without a great deal of hatred for him. Jeter was the face of the Yankees' franchise for nearly two decades. The most memorable Derek Jeter moment against the Red Sox was a catch he made in foul territory that resulted in his dive into the stands. Sox fans know he didn't need to jump into the crowd.
3. Bucky Dent
Red Sox fans remember Bucky Dent for one moment and for one moment only: his home run in the 1978 AL East tie-breaker. The three-run homer broke the hearts of countless Bostonians and prolonged the World Series drought for another year. This home run represented the Yankees dominance over the Red Sox prior to the 2004 World Series.
2. Aaron Boone
Similar to Bucky Dent, Aaron Boone is despised in Boston for an historic home run. Boone's moment came in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS, blasting a walk-off home run off Tim Wakefield in the 11th inning, sending the Yankees to the World Series. Today, as the Yankees manager, he is still despised in Boston and will be for years to come.
1. Alex Rodriguez
There are too many incidents to list as to why Red Sox fans hate Alex Rodriguez. We all remember his famous brawl with Jason Varitek in 2004. Sox fans also despise his obvious steroid use, which they made clear when he returned to Fenway in 2013. No player embodied the Yankees more than A-Rod in his 12 seasons in New York, which is why Sox fans had such contempt for him.