These three New York Yankees went onto play for the arch-rival Red Sox after making their name in Pinstripes.
It’s hard to find a rivalry in professional sports with more history than the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.
The rivalry stems, from the 1919 sale of Babe Ruth from Boston to New York and 101 years later still grows stronger each time the two oppose each other.
Despite this, many players have worn both the Yankees pinstripes and played their home games at historic Fenway Park. Here are three players that are best known for their time as Yankees but later went onto join the rival Sox.
8 Mar 2001: David Cone #36 of the Boston Red Sox pitches the ball during the Spring Training Game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida. The Pirates defeated the Red Sox 7-3.Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport
David Cone, Yankees: ( 1995-2000), Red Sox: (2001)
David Cone is one of the most beloved Yankees pitchers in recent memory. The right-hander was named an All-Star twice while with the Bombers and helped the win four World Series championships (1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000) and in 1999 threw one of just three perfect games in team history.
In 2000, Cone had a rough season posting a 4-14 record and 6.91 ERA that kept him out of the Yankees World Series rotation.
As a result, Cone’s time in the Bronx came to an end and he signed on with the rival Boston Red Sox for the 2001 season. Cone made 25 starts for Boston posting a 9-7 record and 4.31 ERA. In a September start against the Yankees, Cone tossed 8 1/3 innings and allowed one run but came up on the losing end as Mike Mussina came within one strike of a perfect game. If Mussina had finished the job, Cone would’ve been the first starter to both throw a perfect game and be on the losing end of one.
Cone went onto finish his career with a second stint as a New York Met in 2003 after sitting out the 2002 season.
While seeing him in a Mets uniform wasn’t too sore on the eyes given he had begun his career there, it sure was odd to see Cone rocking a Red Sox uniform.