A-Rod's Highs and Lows: The complicated career of Alex Rodriguez in photos

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The Brawl

Photograph By James Keivom/NY Daily News Archive/Getty Images

A-Rod, who had almost joined Boston in the offseason, incites a brawl in Beantown on July 24, 2004, engaging in a shoving match with catcher Jason Varitek. Not only is the image of Varitek with his hand in A-Rod's face an iconic one in Red Sox lore, but the fight helps spark the home team's comeback win that day and, ultimately, a magical season in Boston.