Flashback: From Red Sox to Pinstripes

August, 14, 2012
The New York Yankees on Monday made a relatively minor move: They signed 39-year-old Derek Lowe to supplement their bullpen.

But one thing that makes it noteworthy is Lowe's past: The right-hander spent seven-plus years with the Boston Red Sox, finishing third in the Cy Young Award voting in 2002, saving 42 games in 2000, and starting (and winning) a game in Boston's breakthrough 2004 World Series.

Now he becomes one of the dozens who have gone from Boston to the Bronx, whether directly or through rather circuitous routes. Here's a photographic look at seven noteworthy names -- many of whom, like Lowe, very quickly earned Yankees fans' affections despite having played for the enemy:

Doug MientkiewiczAl Bello/Getty ImagesRed Sox career: Just part of one year, but one World Series (in 2004) after a midseason trade.
Doug Mientkiewicz Al Bello/Getty ImagesYankees career: In one year (2007), posted a .277/.349/.440 mark while playing his typically solid D.

Sparky LyleLouis Requena/MLB Photos/Getty ImagesSox career: From 1967 to '71, the reliever posted a 2.85 ERA, 69 saves and one clean look.
Sparky LyleFocus on Sport/Getty ImagesYankees career: Mustachioed, he played from '72 to '78 in NYC, leading the league in saves twice.

Luis TiantFocus on Sport/Getty ImagesSox career: El Tiante, the Cuban great, went 122-81 with a 3.36 ERA from '71 to '78.
Luis TiantRich Pilling/MLB/Getty ImagesYankees career: Another to go straight to NYC, Tiant pitched '79 and '80 there (21-17, 4.31).

Wade BoggsUS PresswireSox career: 11 years, five batting titles, eight All-Star Games, and yet ...
Wade BoggsTimothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty ImagesYankees career: ... Boggs went right to NYC, where he made four more All-Star teams in five years.

DamonBruce Kluckhohn/US PresswireSox career: The scraggly Damon earned two All-Star trips -- and one big Series -- from '02 to '05.
David Ortiz and Johnny DamonAP Photo/Bill KostrounYankees career: The clean-shaven Damon was hated around Boston but mended fences with the likes of David Ortiz, left. He played well from '06 to '09 and helped New York win the '09 Series.

Roger ClemensRonald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty ImagesSox career: Just 192 wins, three Cy Young Awards and one MVP, from 1984 to 1996.
Roger ClemensElizabeth Malby/Baltimore Sun/MCTYankees career: A Cy Young Award, 83 more wins, two Series titles -- and quite the controversy.

Babe RuthAP PhotoSox career: Remember this guy? He won 89 games and posted a 2.19 ERA in six seasons with the Sox. He left behind a curse, too, but hey -- not even Ruth is perfect.
Babe RuthAP Photo/National Baseball LibraryYankees career: Case in point that nobody's perfect: Ruth posted a 5.52 ERA with the Yankees. But he did some hitting, too, with 659 home runs mashed in the Bronx. And he built a house.
Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for ESPN.com. He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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