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Ranking the Red Sox's biggest villains from the past decade

Ranking the Red Sox's biggest villains from the past decade

Editor's Note: As the calendar turns to 2020, NBC Sports Boston will be taking a look back at the highs and lows of the Boston sports scene over the past decade. 

Over the past 10 years, the Red Sox have won a pair of World Series and four division titles, but they've also finished in last place three times, including a worst-to-first-to-worst rollercoaster from 2012 to 2014.

Boston sports fans have become accustomed to winning, but nothing captures the imagination like a good villain. Sometimes it's hard to tell whom Red Sox fans are harder on — opponents or their own players (and managers).

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In that spirit, here are 10 villains from the past decade, including four former Red Sox, because nobody eats their own like we do.

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Alex Rodriguez's World Series tweet prompted this obvious Red Sox reference

Alex Rodriguez's World Series tweet prompted this obvious Red Sox reference

Alex Rodriguez is paid to share his opinions about baseball. But sometimes those opinions clash with his own history.

A thrilling Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night was interrupted by controversy in the seventh inning, when Washington Nationals baserunner Trea Turner was called out for interfering with Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel.

Here's the play in question: Turner appeared to run in a straight line after hitting a weak ground ball but inadvertently knocked Gurriel's glove off his hand.

Umpire Sam Holbrook ruled that Turner interfered with the throw by running on the left side of the foul line in "unprotected" territory. But Rodriguez's (among others) clearly disagreed, and voiced his opinion on Twitter as Holbrook's crew discussed the call.

Where's the humor in this tweet? Surely you remember Game 6 of the 2004 American League Championship Series between Rodriguez's New York Yankees and the rival Boston Red Sox, when A-Rod literally slapped the ball out of pitcher Bronson Arroyo's glove while running to first base.

Veteran pitcher (and former Yankee) Phil Hughes sure does.

Hughes was one of many on Twitter to remind A-Rod of his own history with baserunner's interference.

The umpires upheld the call and ruled Turner out, prompting the expected angry tweet from Rodriguez.

By the letter of the MLB Rulebook, the umps technically got the call right, as a baserunner who runs on the left side of the foul line in fair play can be deemed as interfering.

You could argue that's a dumb rule, but Anthony Rendon made sure it didn't matter anyway, blasting a two-run home run later in the inning to help the Nationals win 7-2 and force a Game 7 on Wednesday night.

If only Rodriguez could say the same about his 2004 Yankees...

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Watch David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez reminisce on 2004 ALCS

Watch David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez reminisce on 2004 ALCS

Fifteen years ago, the Boston Red Sox pulled off the impossible vs. the New York Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series.

David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez took a trip down memory lane to relive the unforgettable moments in a nostalgia-filled video for FOX Sports. The two legends relive everything from A-Rod slapping the ball out of Bronson Arroyo's glove to Curt Schilling's bloody sock.

A-Rod shared the video and wrote about his painful memories from the series on Twitter. Watch and read below:

Credit to Rodriguez for being a good sport (imagine reading that sentence 15 years ago?...)

The Yankees could find themselves ousted from another ALCS on Friday night when they take on the Astros in a do-or-die Game 5. They would have to win three straight games, including two on the road, to advance to the World Series.

The last team to do that? You guessed it. The '04 Red Sox.

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