10 Biggest Red Sox 'Traitors' in Franchise History

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10 Biggest Red Sox 'Traitors' in Franchise History
WINSLOW TOWNSON

Every time a Red Sox player bolts town and dons pinstripes for the New York Yankees, fans of the Red Sox feel as if something sacrosanct has been violated.

Red Sox fans are born and bred to consider the Yankees the enemy: For too many years, the Yankees rode high while the Red Sox rose and fell (mostly fell) in their quest for a World Series ring. From 1919 to 2003, New York garnered 26 World Series rings to Boston's zero and broke Sox fans' hearts countless times, most recently in 2003 when Aaron Boone's walk-off shot in Game 7 of the ALCS sent New York to the World Series.

To add insult to injury, most of the Yankees' early championships were at the hands of former Red Sox player Babe Ruth, as well as many other ex-Red Sox that followed Ruth's exodus from Boston to New York. Later on, Red Ruffing and Sparky Lyle found success with New York, a team that seemed to churn out Hall of Famer after Hall of Famer, while Boston was left with Ted Williams.

With the latest Red Sox "traitor" Jacoby Ellsbury returning to Fenway Park for the first time as a New York Yankee, here's a look at the 10 biggest traitors of all time: those who left Boston and ended up in New York by their own hand.

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