Ex-Red Sox star wants Jason Varitek-Alex Rodriguez fight documentary

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Jonathan Papelbon was a thorn in the side of the New York Yankees during his time with the Boston Red Sox in the mid-2000s and stoked the fire of the rivalry on Tuesday.

Following the release of the first episode of ESPN’s Derek Jeter documentary, Papelbon tweeted that the company should do a series on “the real captain” who fought Alex Rodriguez.

“Hey ESPN, when you’re ready to do a documentary on the real captain who whipped A Rods A– let me know!” Papelbon wrote:.

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Red Sox Jason Varitek and Yankee Alex Rodriguez get into a fight that sparked a fight in the third inning at Fenway Park in 2004.

Red Sox Jason Varitek and Yankee Alex Rodriguez get into a fight that sparked a fight in the third inning at Fenway Park in 2004.
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The former MLB closest was referring to the epic brawl between Rodriguez and Red Sox wide receiver Jason Varitek in 2004. Varitek shoved his glove in Rodriguez’s face, which turned out to be part of the shout out. rallying from Boston en route to their first world. Title of the series since 1918 breaking the supposed “curse of the Bambino”.

Papelbon and Varitek were teammates from 2005 to 2011.

Yankees' Alex Rodriguez and Red Sox wide receiver Jason Varitek trade shots in the 3rd inning that precipitate a brawl between the two teams.  Both players were ejected from the game.

Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez and Red Sox wide receiver Jason Varitek trade shots in the 3rd inning that precipitate a brawl between the two teams. Both players were ejected from the game.
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Papelbon was a four-time All-Star who played in 396 games and recorded a 2.33 ERA with 509 strikeouts. He was in the Red Sox minor league system when the Varitek and Rodriguez fight happened. He would help Boston win the World Series in 2007.

Jonathan Papelbon, #58 of the Boston Red Sox, throws against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on August 24, 2011, in Arlington, Texas.  The Red Sox beat the Rangers 13-2.

Jonathan Papelbon, #58 of the Boston Red Sox, throws against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on August 24, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. The Red Sox beat the Rangers 13-2.
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Varitek has spent his entire 15-year career with Boston. He hit 193 homers and hit .256 with a .776 OPS. He won two World Series titles, was an All-Star three times, and won a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger once each.

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