Alex Rodriguez is playing his final game against the Red Sox tonight. With the Red Sox my favorite team and baseball my favorite sport, you could make a strong case for him as the top sports villain of my lifetime.
ARod was both extremely good (117.9 Wins Above Replacement, 16th all-time) and extremely unlikeable, with starring roles in 2004 in both The Fight and The Slap. Even in the 2004 ALCS when the Red Sox made their historic comeback from down 3-0, ARod hit 2 HRs with an .895 OPS in the series.
Other top candidates:
- Peyton Manning
- Ulf Samuelsson
- Kobe Bryant
- Roger Clemens
Who’s the top Boston sports villain of your lifetime?