Date: 2/15/2004
After a year of jostling for position, the evil empire struck gold again on the trade market when they nabbed arguably the best player in the game, Alex Rodriguez. This was such a huge move for so many reasons, not least of which was because the Red Sox wanted him too, and had offered their own star shortstop Nomar Garciaparra in a trade. There's no way anyone could have predicted the scandals that ensued with him in the years to come, but there's no way the A Rod melodrama would have been anywhere near as fun anywhere else.