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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Kevin Millar: ‘Kevin Youkilis is an MVP candidate’

“violent in the show ~ violent in the show”

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However, it was Kevin Youkilis who Millar called an “MVP candidate.”

“What I’m saying now is I wasn’t into the guy taking 2-0 and 3-1,” Millar said of his initial impression of Youkilis’ overly-patient batting style. “You work to get those counts in the show. Those are your moneymaker counts in the show, 2-0 and 3-1. By god, and you’re taking those counts.

“And Youk, the first time we saw him, you know, we heard about “The Greek God of Walks” and you look at some of his numbers in the minors league. OK, nine homers here. You’ve got to be violent in the show. And he was a third baseman at the time. We had Billy Mueller in ’03. You’ve got to be violent in the show. And sure enough now, this guy now is an MVP candidate and it is just remarkable what he has done at the big-league level and I’m a fan of his also.”

Repoz Posted: August 13, 2011 at 11:06 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: announcers, awards, history, media, red sox, television

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   1. ray james Posted: August 13, 2011 at 12:06 PM (#3899182)
Gee, I wish he had this attitude back in '05, when he was whining about Youks taking his playing time away.

For what it's worth, Youks was more "violent" than Millar that year, significantly outinghtting and outfielding him.
   2. ray james Posted: August 13, 2011 at 12:18 PM (#3899183)
I like Millar's quote about Bedard:

That’s why you have teammates. Some guys are shy and inverted, some guys are loudmouths like myself and Lou.


Inverted. So, Millar is exverted? Is that even legal?
   3. Darren Posted: August 13, 2011 at 01:00 PM (#3899196)
Don't you have to play once in a while to be an MVP? Youk has the Zobrist thing going for him in that his ability to play two positions well has allowed the team great flexibility. But he's really tailed off and really needs to pick it up to be considered.
   4. Dale Sams Posted: August 13, 2011 at 02:28 PM (#3899224)
I had no idea his second half was so bad.
   5. BDC Posted: August 13, 2011 at 02:53 PM (#3899229)
No, some ballplayers really are inverted.
   6. AROM Posted: August 13, 2011 at 03:19 PM (#3899243)
I'd put him third on the ballot for most valuable Red Sox infielder.
   7. Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: August 13, 2011 at 03:19 PM (#3899244)
There was some validity to this argument in 2008 & 2009 but Youk has not been that good this year and he's slumping lately.
   8. covelli chris p Posted: August 13, 2011 at 03:48 PM (#3899257)
I had no idea his second half was so bad.

not really surprising. if there's no room for him at 1B, you gotta consider whether his future is at DH. playing 3b is just too much wear and tear for him, given his all-out style.
   9. tfbg9 Posted: August 13, 2011 at 04:03 PM (#3899265)
C'mon. F*cking Repoz just wanted an excuse to run that GG Allin pic.
   10. There's a bustle in Misirlou's hedgerow Posted: August 13, 2011 at 05:02 PM (#3899279)
C'mon. F*cking Repoz just wanted an excuse to run that GG Allin pic.


I was about to ask what the the hell that pic was. I've never heard of GG Allin. Holy handgrenades batman!

From the wiki:

By the mid to late 1980s, Allin was addicted to heroin and alcohol and generally abused any intoxicants provided to him, sometimes taking pills without even asking what they were.[citation needed] His hygiene was atrocious and he rarely bathed. At this point, Allin also began eating laxatives before performances - as defecation was becoming a regular stage act.

By this point, Allin's performances, which often resulted in considerable damage to venues and sound equipment, were regularly stopped after only a few songs by police or venue owners. Allin was charged with assault and battery or indecent exposure a number of times. His constant touring was only stopped by jail time or by long hospital stays for broken bones, blood poisoning, and other physical trauma.
   11. JimMusComp misses Jerry Dipoto... Posted: August 13, 2011 at 05:17 PM (#3899283)
I loves me some GG Allin talk on BBTF. Happy days!!!

And he does look like Youk.
   12. Enrico Pallazzo Posted: August 13, 2011 at 05:20 PM (#3899285)
Kevin Millar is definitely not smoking the objective pipe.
   13. bfan Posted: August 13, 2011 at 07:40 PM (#3899335)
Next week, it is Saltalamaccia the MVP candidate.
   14. Walt Davis Posted: August 13, 2011 at 09:44 PM (#3899368)
OK, nine homers here. You’ve got to be violent in the show. And he was a third baseman at the time. We had Billy Mueller in ’03. You’ve got to be violent in the show.

While I'll grant you this is borderline incoherent so I may be misinterpreting, but he seems to be saying that if Youks was expecting to take away Mueller's job, he needed to hit for more power ...

and, oh crap, 2003 was Mueller's big power year when the guy with the career 134 ISO had a 214 ISO with 45 doubles and 19 HR. So nevermind.
   15. MM1f Posted: August 15, 2011 at 03:10 AM (#3900048)
OK, nine homers here. You’ve got to be violent in the show.


If being violent was all that was needed Wil Cordero would have been a star!

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