Beer Gate. Chicken Gate. Unable to Act Your Age Gate. Scapegoat Gate.
Whatever you want to call it, it only came to light because someone told tales out of school. And the Red Sox players weren't too happy about it. Players took to task the "rat" that betrayed the confidence of the locker room.
Fast forward to 2012 and there seems to be an infestation in the same clubhouse. Only this time, it's the players talking behind their manager's back.
Steve Buckley doesn't mix words when he describes the situation that's playing out on Yawkey Way.
"It's hypocrisy on parade," says Buckley. "These players said they were upset about the so-called snitch in the clubhouse but now things are going bad, and if it's true that a player was running up the back stairs and god knows those back stairs have had a lot of use over the years going all the way back to the 1950s and 60s, but if you're a player on this team and you're ratting out your manager, what does that say about a team that complained about a snitch in it's own locker room last year."
Gary Tanguay is a little more cynical in his analysis.
"I've stopped holding baseball players to a high standard, I just realize that most are ego maniacal babies."
Going further, Tanguay puts his finger on the moment when it all went wrong.
"Bobby Valentine made it clear that he wasn't going to protect his players during spring training when he talked about Youkilis and called out Youkilis so these players feel 'our manager doesn't have our back, why should we have his?'"
Maybe the Sox didn't need to make a trade at the deadline. Maybe all they needed was an exterminator.