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Top Nine Best Red Sox to Become Yankees

When the Yankees signed Kevin Youkilis back in December, our friends at NESN put together a gallery of the 11 men they felt were the best Red Sox to later become Yankees. In publicizing that gallery, the YESNetwork.com staff solicited the opinions of you, the readers, asking for your feedback on who was in, who was left out, and where you thought they should rank.

Well, after taking a long, hard look at that feedback -- as well as the new Yankees Access: Kevin Youkilis program that premieres Feb. 5 on YES -- we decided to come up with our own list. On this one, we decided to focus mostly on the Yankees careers of those former enemies, meaning that in addition to leaving off the Youk, we also had to say goodbye to Mark Bellhorn and Darnell McDonald, among others.

As always, we welcome your feedback on our list too…you know, for when we repurpose it the next time a major Boston star defects to the Big Apple.

  • LUIS TIANT
    Tiant was a 38-year-old, three-time All-Star with 204 wins when he came to the Yankees in 1979, and went 21-17 with a 4.35 ERA in his two seasons in pinstripes. And, in a fun fact, in 1969, Cleveland traded Tiant to Minnesota for a package including a future Yankees teammate: Graig Nettles.
  • JOHNNY DAMON
    He may have been an "idiot" in 2004, but Damon became a beloved Yankee in 2006 and hit .285 over a solid four-year Yankees career. He also swiped 93 bags as a Bomber, perhaps the biggest two coming on a momentary lapse of reason by the Phillies in the 2009 World Series.
  • RED RUFFING
    Red had a "ruff" start to his career in Boston, going 39-96 and losing an AL-high 25 games in 1928. But upon joining the Yankees in 1930, Ruffing flourished, winning 231 games in 15 seasons in pinstripes en route to a Hall of Fame election in 1967.
  • WAITE HOYT
    After two average seasons in Boston as a teenager, Hoyt came to the Bronx in 1920 and ended up winning 157 of his 237 games during his decade in pinstripes. Later, he became one of few men to complete the NYC trifecta, playing for both the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • SPARKY LYLE
    His given name is Albert, and after five seasons and 69 saves in Beantown, Lyle came to New York in 1972. Seven years, 141 saves, 57 wins, three All-Star appearances, two World Series titles and an AL Cy Young Award later, he left as one of the most decorated fireballers in Bronx lore.
  • HERB PENNOCK
    Over 21 years with the Philadelphia Athletics (1912-15), Red Sox (1915-22, 1934) and Yankees (1923-33), the "Knight of Kennett Square" won 241 games, eight World Series titles and a berth in the Hall of Fame (which came in 1948). He also legit once played with a dude named Stuffy.
  • ROGER CLEMENS
    There may be some controversy surrounding "The Rocket," but on sheer numbers, he's a seven-time Cy Young winner who notched 354 victories over a 24-year Major League career. And, for you SABRmetrics lovers out there, he's also the MLB career leader in RE24 and WPA…whatever the heck those are.
  • WADE BOGGS
    Boggs may have gone into the Hall of Fame wearing a Red Sox cap on his plaque, but to Yankees fans, the image of Wade riding a horse around the Yankee Stadium outfield after winning the 1996 World Series is worth way more than some hunk of tin in Cooperstown, right?
  • BABE RUTH
    Yeah, of course he's numero uno. And, as Baseball Reference projects him as MLB's all-time leader in three different silos of the Wins Above Replacement stat, he's also the answer to the age old question, "WAR…what is it good for?"
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