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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Kevin Youkilis says he’ll always be a Boston Red Sox

I think Mickey McDermott once slurred something similar but Babblefish isn’t working.

Asked whether it felt strange to move from one side of baseball’s most famous rivalry to the other, Youkilis made it clear that Boston still held a special place in his heart.

“To negate all the years I played for the Boston Red Sox and all the tradition, you look at all the stuff I have piled up at my house, to say I’d just throw it out the window, that’s not true,” Youkilis said. “I’ll always be a Red Sock.”

And Youkilis’ love for Boston goes beyond the diamond. His wife, Julie, is the sister of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and that, combined with his ties to two World Series teams, earns him a spot among Boston’s sports royalty.

“Guys play on different teams and that’s a part of your history; that’s a part of your life and you can’t change that,” Youkilis said. “It was great years in Boston. One bad half-year doesn’t take away from all the great years I had there and all the good things I’ve been able to do along the way and accomplish as a team, as an individual. It was great.”

Repoz Posted: February 14, 2013 at 07:15 PM | 47 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: February 14, 2013 at 07:40 PM (#4370005)
I love Youk. Bring him back.
   2. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: February 14, 2013 at 07:43 PM (#4370009)
“It was great years in Boston. One bad half-year doesn’t take away from all the great years I had there and all the good things I’ve been able to do along the way and accomplish as a team, as an individual. It was great.”


Well said Youk, well said.
   3. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: February 14, 2013 at 07:51 PM (#4370018)
I think he's pretty close to toast, but he was a heck of a player for the Sox. Exactly the sort of guy you love when he's on your team and hate when he's playing your team.
   4. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: February 14, 2013 at 08:59 PM (#4370053)
Exactly the sort of guy you love when he's on your team and hate when he 's playing your team. signs with the GD MFY.

Eff Youk.
   5. 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people Posted: February 14, 2013 at 09:02 PM (#4370056)
#4 is the kind of intelligent discourse that BBTF is famous for. Though I wouldn't expect anything less from some shitty Sully from Boston.
   6. Super Creepy Derek Lowe (GGC) Posted: February 14, 2013 at 09:27 PM (#4370063)
Okay, that wasn't exactly Algonquin Roundtable material there. However, Mr. Dartmouth, if you clicked on his profile, you see that PRD is from Frisco, TX (or resides there at the very least.) Not all of us Sox fans live inside the Route 128 Corridor. Darren, Flynn, and I are from Connecticut for example. And what to do have against the Irish anyways?

Youkilis (and Paul O'Neill) are sort of anti-DiMaggios, if what I have read about Joltin' Joe is rue. They act out too often lie mere mortals like me. I get frustrated at work and show it. Yet they are beloved by some of their teams fans. And a cool customer like JD Drew is scorned. I don't know if that means the sports fans have changed since the so-called Golden Age or if it means anything at all. It was just an observation.
   7. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: February 14, 2013 at 09:37 PM (#4370064)
FTR, never lived in Boston or even New England for that matter. But when I was 10 years old, my Little League team was named the Red Sox and that clinched it for me. Throw in the fact that it was 1978, and there are some deep scars still there that not even 2004 and 2007 can fully heal.

We now return you to your highbrow discourse. Carry on.
   8. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: February 14, 2013 at 09:44 PM (#4370069)
I'd like to point out that I've lived less than a half mile from Fenway in the past, and currently have an MBTA subway line that runs literally behind my backyard. I was the one who pointed out how Youk is someone who's easy to both cheer for and dislike. So good day to you, 'zop. Or should I say, Tony from the Bronx.
   9. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: February 14, 2013 at 09:52 PM (#4370072)
If Youk sticks around about 2 or 3 years as the Yanks slowly emerage out of a ditch, and if he then contributes to a World Series win, he'll always be a True Yankee in spite of what he says. It happened to Johnny Damon.
   10. Best Dressed Chicken in Town Posted: February 14, 2013 at 09:56 PM (#4370076)
Bring him back.

Take him, please.

-Yankee Fan
   11. Best Dressed Chicken in Town Posted: February 14, 2013 at 09:57 PM (#4370077)
If Youk sticks around about 2 or 3 years as the Yanks slowly emerage out of a ditch, and if he then contributes to a World Series win, he'll always be a True Yankee in spite of what he says.

Not in my book. I don't think the Yankees should even count such a title in their records.

Not that there's any chance of that happening any time soon.
   12. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: February 14, 2013 at 10:16 PM (#4370082)
Listen, "Red Sox" is a stylized form of "Red Socks", no? Can't he just always be a Boston Red Sock?
   13. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: February 14, 2013 at 10:20 PM (#4370084)
Wait, people think of Johnny Damon as a True Yankee?
   14. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: February 14, 2013 at 10:49 PM (#4370090)
Wait, people think of Johnny Damon as a True Yankee?

yeah, I coughed up some tea when I read that. That's a put on. Everyone knows Damon is a true Royal.
   15. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 14, 2013 at 10:49 PM (#4370091)
This is just stuff that folks say to make the fans happy. It's not like Youkilis is going to give Boston the Yankee signs, or the Yankees are going to throw at him during intrasquad games (I think).
   16. The TVerik of Lordly Might Posted: February 14, 2013 at 10:58 PM (#4370093)
He'd better not dig in on the Joba.
   17. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: February 14, 2013 at 11:06 PM (#4370101)

Listen, "Red Sox" is a stylized form of "Red Socks", no? Can't he just always be a Boston Red Sock?


Sok. Or Soq. Stylized!
   18. Nasty Nate Posted: February 14, 2013 at 11:13 PM (#4370102)
Just coincidence, but the Yankees have acquired a lot of players who won the championship with the Sox in the past few years: Bellhorn, Damon, Youkilis, Minkteiceveavwz, Lowe, Embree, Myers, and Hinske. They must be following the historic precedent of Carl Mays and Waite Hoyte and absolutely no one else of note, no one never.

Despite more available players, the only ones going the other way from the recent Yankees champions are Wells, Mendoza, and Cone. And I guess Lowell counts too.

edit: forgot Aceves. I guess not as lopsided as I thought.
   19. ptodd Posted: February 14, 2013 at 11:38 PM (#4370107)
Youk will probably be the Red Sox 1Bman in 2014 if he rebounds.
   20. starving to death with a full STEAGLES Posted: February 14, 2013 at 11:53 PM (#4370114)
Kevin Youkilis says he’ll always be a Boston Red Sox
that is the kind of comment that can only really be made by someone who is either one of the best players in the sport, or on their last legs and nearing retirement.

   21. Dan Posted: February 15, 2013 at 12:04 AM (#4370118)
Sok. Or Soq. Stylized!


I've always been partial to Red Soq as a singular Sox player.
   22. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: February 15, 2013 at 12:11 AM (#4370119)
The Red Suq always has the best deals on team merchandise, though.
   23. Walt Davis Posted: February 15, 2013 at 02:52 AM (#4370147)
So he counts against the Sox for luxury tax purposes then?
   24. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: February 15, 2013 at 07:43 AM (#4370167)
Listen, "Red Sox" is a stylized form of "Red Socks", no? Can't he just always be a Boston Red Sock?

There's just no way to say it right, is there? "He's a Red Sox" is obviously wrong, while "He's a Red Sock" just sounds stupid. Variants like "Red Socker" or, worse, "Red Soxer", look like something out of 1980s MTV special.

"He used to play baseball for Boston." That's pretty much all you can say.
   25. Arbitol Dijaler Posted: February 15, 2013 at 08:03 AM (#4370170)
Beaneater. Not that you encounter baked beans in Boston too often. Whatever that comes from, it's not a current thing.
   26. villageidiom Posted: February 15, 2013 at 09:00 AM (#4370191)
This is just stuff that folks say to make the fans happy.
Yes, but it's not too often players say something to make opposing fans happy.
Just coincidence, but the Yankees have acquired a lot of players who won the championship with the Sox in the past few years: Bellhorn, Damon, Youkilis, Minkteiceveavwz, Lowe, Embree, Myers, and Hinske.
Okajima.
There's just no way to say it right, is there? "He's a Red Sox" is obviously wrong, while "He's a Red Sock" just sounds stupid.
The former is correct. Red Sox is both the singular and plural form.
   27. Famous Original Joe C Posted: February 15, 2013 at 09:37 AM (#4370207)
Or should I say, Tony from the Bronx.


More like Brock from the Upper East Side.
   28. Adam B. Posted: February 15, 2013 at 09:46 AM (#4370210)
In the actual quote from the article, Youk says:
“To negate all the years I played for the Boston Red Sox and all the tradition, you look at all the stuff I have piled up at my house, to say I’d just throw it out the window, that’s not true,” Youkilis said. “I’ll always be a Red Sock.”
   29. Nasty Nate Posted: February 15, 2013 at 09:55 AM (#4370212)
Okajima.


I was going to include him, but I don't think he actually played for NY.
   30. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: February 15, 2013 at 10:31 AM (#4370230)
He did not win a ring with the Sox but I found it curious that the Yankees picked up Darnell McDonald immediately after he was released.
   31. Answer Guy Posted: February 15, 2013 at 10:42 AM (#4370241)
An odd thing to say for someone signing with the Yankees. They're still gonna boo you, Youk. Ex-Sox who wear the pinstripes in Fenway get jeered. That's just an immutable fact of sports life.

And now someone writing for the NY Post is gonna razz you for it, and it's not going to make you popular in the clubhouse or the stands either.

By an odd coincidence, I'm a born-and-bred Sox fan, not inside 128 but well within the Boston orbit. In an odd coincidence, I attended the same institution of higher learning as mr. zop.

   32. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: February 15, 2013 at 02:48 PM (#4370354)
There's just no way to say it right, is there? "He's a Red Sox" is obviously wrong, while "He's a Red Sock" just sounds stupid.

The former is correct. Red Sox is both the singular and plural form.


Confirming. There is no controversy.
   33. jack the seal clubber (on the sidelines of life) Posted: February 15, 2013 at 03:59 PM (#4370392)
Youkilis just seems to have lost his scrappy underdog quality lately, for some reason. I no longer want to pull for him.
   34. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 15, 2013 at 06:15 PM (#4370468)
Youkilis now Proud To Be A Yankee. Possibly a bit ashamed of his White Sox tenure, though.
   35. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: February 15, 2013 at 07:15 PM (#4370486)
just forget all that NY and red soccer stuff and join the giants´ bandwagon ! it´s fun !

and on a side-note , youkilis... do not think you can become more famous stance-wise than :
mattingly
henderson
winfield
pagliarulo
pasqua
o´neill
or even boggs ! ... wait ...boggs ? yeah, boggs !

enjoy new yankee stadium, you geek ! and please never shave again !
   36. Super Creepy Derek Lowe (GGC) Posted: February 15, 2013 at 07:54 PM (#4370504)
He did not win a ring with the Sox but I found it curious that the Yankees picked up Darnell McDonald immediately after he was released.


Maybe they wanted a copy of the Red Sox playbook.
   37. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 15, 2013 at 10:52 PM (#4370560)
On a positive note, he looks like much less of a ass now that he's clean shaven.
   38. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: February 16, 2013 at 12:22 AM (#4370581)
On a positive note, he looks like much less of a ass now that he's clean shaven.


He's not winning any beauty contests, but he's marginally better with that awful goatee off his face. The goatee has become the combover of the internet age.

Still, without the goatee you'll get to see the sweat pouring off his red face much more clearly. I hope you have high def.
   39. Super Creepy Derek Lowe (GGC) Posted: February 16, 2013 at 07:15 AM (#4370619)
Still, without the goatee you'll get to see the sweat pouring off his red face much more clearly. I hope you have high def.


The sweat. That's another reason I referred to him as an anti=DiMaggio.
   40. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: February 16, 2013 at 07:17 AM (#4370620)
Still, without the goatee you'll get to see the sweat pouring off his red face much more clearly. I hope you have high def.
You can also now see his chin, which looks like a mandible monster trying to escape from the rest of his face.
   41. Karl from NY Posted: February 16, 2013 at 04:59 PM (#4370809)
There's just no way to say it right, is there? "He's a Red Sox" is obviously wrong, while "He's a Red Sock" just sounds stupid.


"He's a Red Sock" works verbally. In print, you have to work around it like "A former member of the Red Sox".
   42. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: February 16, 2013 at 07:12 PM (#4370844)
"He's a Red Sock" works verbally. In print, you have to work around it like "A former member of the Red Sox".

Why not just "I used to be Cab # 20"? No doubt what team that means.
   43. jyjjy Posted: February 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM (#4370891)
Despite more available players, the only ones going the other way from the recent Yankees champions are Wells, Mendoza, and Cone. And I guess Lowell counts too.

edit: forgot Aceves. I guess not as lopsided as I thought.

I see you have repressed Melancon already. 16 games in NY in 09, count da ring.
   44. Howie Menckel Posted: February 16, 2013 at 11:03 PM (#4370901)
It's always cute when the fans think that the players live and die over the results as much as the fans do.

http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/yankeesblog/welcome_devotion_new_york_youkilis_vvDO76yhxyU1uutJoKQ2aK#axzz2L7rKEEjh

TAMPA ­ -- Andy Pettitte was seated in the players' lounge this morning when Kevin Youkilis joined him and tossed a copy of Friday's Post on the table.

"As Youkilis looked at a picture of himself and a headline that said the new Yankees third baseman's heart remained in Boston, Pettitte chuckled.

"He threw the paper on the table and I said, 'Welcome to New York,' '' Pettitte said.
   45. The Ghost of Sox Fans Past Posted: February 16, 2013 at 11:08 PM (#4370902)
Mike Stanley went BOS -> NY back when.
   46. jyjjy Posted: February 16, 2013 at 11:18 PM (#4370905)
NY -> BOS actually, then he liked it so much he did it again.
   47. Darren Posted: February 17, 2013 at 06:40 PM (#4371137)
If Youk really has these feelings, I sure wish the Sox had offered him 2/20 or some such to be their first basemen. He's a great rebound candidate and he's Kevin Freakin' Youkilis, Greek God of Walks, and the ugliest swing in baseball. God, I wish they would have swallowed their pride and brought him back. But no, he's on the Yankees so I have to wish for his demise or try to hope his success will not have much effect. Ugh.

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