The rivalry was reignited in a big way in the early 2000s, when Ortiz and the Red Sox met the Yankees in the 2003 and 2004 American League Championship Series, the latter of which ended in Boston’s first World Series win in 86 years. And Ortiz often was the center of it all.
From the clutch hits he tallied in the postseason to career milestones Ortiz reached against the Bronx Bombers, Big Papi gave Yankees fans plenty of reasons to hate him during his 14-year career with the Red Sox.
Here are five of Ortiz’s best moments that only added fuel to the fire of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry.
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