On January 14, 2012, Cook signed a minor league deal with the Boston Red Sox that includes an opt-out clause if he does not make the Red Sox by May 1. Cook was recovering from shoulder and knee injuries that plagued him in 2010 and 2011. In five games with Triple-A Pawtucket , Cook went 3-0 with two complete games. On May 1, the day Cook chose to exercise his opt-out clause, it was announced he will be promoted to Boston to start in place of injured Josh Beckett .  Cook received a pro-rated salary of $ million plus incentives. He also had a second opt-out clause for June 1.
The Sultan of Swat . After 3 world series championships with Boston, and after breaking the single season home run record in 1919, the Sox decided it would be a good idea to trade him to the Yankees. (Pause while I scratch my head) He went on to win 7 league championships, and 4 world series championships with New York! As a member of the famed Murderer’s Row lineup of 1927 Ruth hit 60 home runs to break his own single season record. Meanwhile Boston embarked on an 86 year drought of no world series titles. Baseball people are a superstitious lot, and this went on to become known as the curse of the Great Bambino. In 2004 The Babe finally forgave them and lifted the curse, allowing them to win the 04′ series.