Yankees History-July 24, 2004: Jason Varitek didn't take off his mask
Keeping the mask on was a soft move in and of itself, but the original lunge was kind of soft, too. He basically just pushed his face. I still maintain that A-Rod was the true primary force of the fight, inciting the brawl with some choice fighting words and welcoming a punch with a patronizing hand gesture.
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Boston fans like to pinpoint this moment as a turning point for their franchise. It has been followed by a few World Series Championships, so they are beginning to catch up I guess, but the Yanks are still the alpha of the rivalry, having won more head-to-head matchups and AL East titles since this brawl in ’04.
Regardless, if you come at the Kings, you best not miss…and you should also take off your mask.
Article by: John Messina