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Ranking the Top 10 biggest brawls in Red Sox history

Ranking the Top 10 biggest brawls in Red Sox history

The 2020 MLB season is already going to look different.

Teams will only play 60 games instead of 162. There likely won't be any fans in the stands. The National League will use a DH. Extra innings will start with a runner on second base.

But thanks to the realities of the coronavirus and the need to stay socially distanced, we're unlikely to see one staple of the baseball season: bench-clearing brawls.

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Tempers often rise along with the temperatures, and when the bad blood boils and pitches start flying high and tight (or sometimes behind) batters, teams mix it up and start throwing punches.

That doesn't mean we can't look back at some of our favorites, however. The Red Sox have been no strangers to fisticuffs over the years, from Billy Martin jumping Jimmy Piersall in a tunnel before a game in 1952 to Machine Gun Joe Kelly beckoning Tyler Austin to join him on the mound in 2018.

This list was originally going to be top five, but there were too many memorable options and no shortage of worthy candidates the ended up on the cutting room floor -- David Ortiz vs. the Orioles' Kevin Gregg was a good one, for instance. So enjoy this list and don't be surprised when a number of entries are accompanied by a jolt of adrenaline.

Click here for the gallery of the Top 10 Red Sox brawls of all-time.

Report: Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez talking to Robert Kraft about buying Mets

Report: Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez talking to Robert Kraft about buying Mets

Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez appear to be making another run at purchasing the New York Mets.

According to Thornton McEnery of The New York Post, A-Rod and J-Lo are working with senior bankers at JPMorgan Chase to buy the storied baseball franchise from the Wilpon family. McEnery notes the celebrity couple is willing to part with "hundreds of millions" of their own money to make it happen. They also may get some assistance from the Kraft family.

"Two clients whom Rodriguez and Lopez have apparently been speaking to are Patriots owners Bob and Jonathan Kraft," McEnery writes. "Sources tell The Post that the Krafts are not interested in buying a baseball team but are very intrigued by J-Rod’s plans for the Mets and Citi Field."

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Those plans include redeveloping the area around Citi Field and turning it into an entertainment venue similar to what the Krafts have done with Patriot Place outside Gillette Stadium.

Although Rodriguez and Lopez's previous bid to buy the Mets with billionaire Wayne Rothbaum didn't work out, the couple appears set on getting a deal done. The Wilpons reportedly now are willing to sell part of SNY, the Mets' television network, which they weren't willing to part ways with during the first negotiations.

With help from the Krafts or other billionaire investors, A-Rod and J-Lo could make a serious bid to take over a franchise that the Wilpon family has invested in since 1980.

Red Sox fans will enjoy Alex Rodriguez re-living Yankees' 2004 ALCS collapse

Red Sox fans will enjoy Alex Rodriguez re-living Yankees' 2004 ALCS collapse

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.