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Re-watching classic major league games can be fun -- unless you're Alex Rodriguez and it's Tuesday night.

With Major League Baseball still on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, ESPN dug up another gem from the archives Tuesday: Game 4 of the 2004 American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.

Red Sox fans hardly need a refresher on that one: Dave Roberts' steal and Bill Mueller's RBI single tied the game in the ninth inning, and David Ortiz's walk-off home run won it in the 12th to keep the Sox alive.

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Rodriguez, the Yankees' third baseman in that game, decided to torture himself by tuning into the rebroadcast. Here's how that went:

"I'm still losing sleep over this," A-Rod laments. "See this gray hair? That's because of the Boston Red Sox."

Add "giving Alex Rodriguez gray hair" to the list of the 2004 Red Sox's accomplishments.

A-Rod wasn't done bemoaning New York's collapse, which unfolded over four days in October 2004 as Boston erased a 3-0 series lead to win in seven games and set up their first World Series title in 86 years.

What made the Yankees' collapse especially painful for Rodriguez was that he easily could have been in the other dugout: The Red Sox had a trade in place to land A-Rod from the Texas Rangers in 2003 that fell through at the last second.

 

Rodriguez became a hated villain in the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, though, so Boston fans will have no problem participating in some schadenfreude as A-Rod opens up old wounds.