Ranking the most hated figures in Boston sports history: Who's the biggest villain in Beantown?

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Ranking the most hated figures in Boston sports history: Who's the biggest villain in Beantown?

18. Kobe Bryant

The Lakers-Celtics rivalry will likely never burn as hot as it did in the 1980s, but Kobe was responsible for Boston's most recent Finals ouster in 2010.

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15. Ulf Samuelsson

In the 1990s, it was difficult to find a Bruins fan that would point out a different public enemy No. 1. Samuelsson delivered a knee-to-knee check on Boston's Cam Neely in 1991, and his career was never quite the same. 

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12. LeBron James

The C's nabbed one title in 2008 with their original Big Three, but it was another trio that stopped them from adding to that total. LeBron James led Miami to a number of series victories over Boston, but none more important than the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals, which Boston once led three games to two. 

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10. Eli and Peyton Manning

These two have stolen more rings from New England than a jewelry store thief. 

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9. Derek Jeter

This is more out of principle than anything. Nobody actually despises Derek Jeter. But for all the harm he's done to Red Sox teams over the last 20 years, he's undoubtedly deserving here.

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8. Jacoby Ellsbury

There's nothing worse than a beloved Sox willingly signing on with the pinstripes for a boatload of money. But Jecoby Ellsbury wasn't the first, and won't be the last. 

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7. Johnny Damon

See Ellsbury. Although Damon's transformation was much more painful, given his visible makeover.

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6. Alex Rodriguez

Every fanbase has some sort of distaste for A-Rod, but he hasn't drawn ire from anyone quite like Sox Nation. 

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The city of Boston is certainly familiar with the feeling of angst, and its fans have been known to let their emotions rain down upon the sports figures they despise the most.

It's a routine passed down through generations. But now, to some of the city's sports lovers, there's a new (temporary) face of disappointment: Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who officially shot down the city's 2024 Olympic bid.

The bid had been opposed by several in the community, but for certain sports fans, this is surely an opportunity to get some pent up aggression off their chests. Click through the gallery above to find Boston's biggest enemies of all time -- hint: Mayor Walsh hasn't quite cracked the list just yet.

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