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Friday, February 12, 2010

Kevin Youkilis Wants to Retire as a Member of the Red Sox

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“I see myself, if everything goes well, retiring as a member of the Red Sox,” Youkilis told the Herald. “That’s my goal. I want to finish my career with the Red Sox, and that’s not something that a lot of players do.”

The two-time All-Star says Boston is unlike any other place.

“It’s a cool town,” Youkilis told the Herald. “It’s a cool city. I don’t want to knock any city when I say this, but there’s a lot of cool stuff about Boston. And not just the city. You can get in your car and drive to Vermont, and that’s a whole other world. Or Portland, Maine, where I played. I lived in downtown Portland when I played there and I loved it.”

Despite playing six major league seasons in Boston, the veteran says he needs a break sometimes.

“I do go on vacation and do other things,” Youkilis told the Herald. “You have to have that escape from baseball. Some guys don’t live here for that reason. They need a break from Boston.”

The 30-year-old has plenty of major league seasons ahead of him. If Youkilis’ enthusiastic play continues, he should always have a place on the Red Sox roster and in the hearts of Red Sox fans.

 

Repoz Posted: February 12, 2010 at 04:27 AM | 29 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Crashburn Alley Posted: February 12, 2010 at 04:40 AM (#3459114)
Kevin Youkilis Wants to Retire as a Member of the Red Sox

So retire now.
   2. munson326 Posted: February 12, 2010 at 04:48 AM (#3459120)
Bye Youk.
   3. Avoid Running At All Times- S. Paige Posted: February 12, 2010 at 04:52 AM (#3459122)
In my younger days when I thought I would make it to the bigs (when I was 11), I would make baseball cards with my friend which would detail our respective career courses. We were mostly obsessed with creating "realistic" Hall-of-Fame careers, so our major focus was on the stats. We were good about career arcs and the eventual decline in our skill sets. Additionally, we mapped out where we played. For some reason, in many of our cards we took Reggie Sanders career paths. We played for almost every team. Our thinking was that one of the great things about playing in the majors was the ability to experience all these different places around the States. We had no concept of family responsibilities, and now that I am older and more easily tired, I see the appeal of staying put in one place. So now when I make my cards (ok, I am not that pathetic:))I think about what places I would want to stay in for a while (all else being equal), and I think it would be San Francisco. I can't imagine a nice place to be if you're rich in America. I might have said New York but I grew up there. It's immature but I could never say Boston and that's entirely because I'm a Yanks fan.
   4. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: February 12, 2010 at 04:57 AM (#3459124)
I want to retire as a member of the Red Sox too. Or the Marlins, Nationals, Nippon Ham Fighters, Jose Offerman's next team, it doesn't matter.
   5. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: February 12, 2010 at 05:04 AM (#3459126)
Good post, Zuvella. I too wanted to live in all kinds of different places, to find out what the best place for me was. But you know, after you've figured out how to live your life, you've already lived it. Or some quote like that.

Although this sentence may not be what you intended: "I can't imagine a nice place to be if you're rich in America."
   6. Avoid Running At All Times- S. Paige Posted: February 12, 2010 at 05:08 AM (#3459127)
ha! Yeah I think I'm missing an "r" at the end of that "nice"
   7. Greg K Posted: February 12, 2010 at 05:12 AM (#3459129)
I think my dream would be to spend my entire career as a crafty lefty for the Antwerp Oud Arsenaal De Konincks.
   8. Hugh Jorgan Posted: February 12, 2010 at 05:45 AM (#3459140)
I think it would be San Francisco I might have said New York

Obviously good weather is not a factor in your decision. SD has the best weather in the U.S., so if you are warm weather guy, then that's your place. I lived in SF for a few years whilst attending Berkeley, it's a great city. But then again so is Boston, NY, London, Sydney, Montreal, Paris and many others.
BTW, from what I have learned from traveling to many countries, if you are rich, you can make almost anywhere nice. If you are poor, pretty much everywhere sucks.
   9. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: February 12, 2010 at 06:30 AM (#3459149)
There is no place better to live than San Francisco.

Or, if there is, I don't care to know about it. Same difference.
   10. Tin Angel Posted: February 12, 2010 at 06:38 AM (#3459152)
There is no place better to live than San Francisco.


I'm sure the homeless junkie living at the end of my street who keeps shooting up in the middle of the sidewalk (in his ass with his pants around his ankles) the past three days would agree with you.
   11. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: February 12, 2010 at 06:41 AM (#3459155)
No, as a poor person he definitely doesn't enjoy living there as much as you do.
   12. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: February 12, 2010 at 06:44 AM (#3459156)
I'm a public defender.
That homeless junkie's probably both my client, and my neighbor.
So, yeah.
   13. Tin Angel Posted: February 12, 2010 at 06:44 AM (#3459157)
No, as a poor person he definitely doesn't enjoy living there as much as you do.


No doubt, though I'm not sure of any other city where he could do that without being bothered.
   14. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 12, 2010 at 06:51 AM (#3459158)
The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco, probably because I was constantly shooting heroin into my ass with my pants around my ankles.
   15. Lassus Posted: February 12, 2010 at 07:45 AM (#3459165)
I'm not sure of any other city where he could do that without being bothered.

People rarely bother junkies no matter where they are.
   16. Something Other Posted: February 12, 2010 at 08:56 AM (#3459180)
How could one be literally homeless in Montreal, though? One night on the streets, December through March, and you're dead.
   17. Bowling Baseball Fan Posted: February 12, 2010 at 09:15 AM (#3459183)
How could one be literally homeless in Montreal, though? One night on the streets, December through March, and you're dead.


The sewers. Thats how they do it in NYC. All that waste generates some nice heat.
   18. Fridas Boss Posted: February 12, 2010 at 12:35 PM (#3459203)
I'm sure the homeless junkie living at the end of my street who keeps shooting up in the middle of the sidewalk (in his ass with his pants around his ankles) the past three days would agree with you.

Looking like a fool with you PANTS ON THE GROUND!
   19. Greg K Posted: February 12, 2010 at 03:26 PM (#3459266)
How could one be literally homeless in Montreal, though? One night on the streets, December through March, and you're dead.

Try being homeless in Regina
Yowza!
   20. Latnam's first name is Bob Lemon's middle name Posted: February 12, 2010 at 04:01 PM (#3459287)
I'm a public defender.
That homeless junkie's probably both my client, and my neighbor.
So, yeah.

I'm a public defender too! I feel ya. I thought I was the only one around these parts...
   21. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: February 12, 2010 at 04:33 PM (#3459306)
Newp.
You sure learn not to judge people by how far they can fall.
(answer: pretty far)

I'd say the guy I sometimes see on the street around the corner from my building represents the absolute bottom -- he'll be lying on the sidewalk, carefully scraping the spaces and chips in the concrete for bits of crack. Toothpick in one hand, pipe in the other.
But, hey, at least he can move around a little. So I guess things could be worse.
   22. Dale Sams Posted: February 12, 2010 at 04:37 PM (#3459311)
“I do go on vacation and do other things,” Youkilis told the Herald. “You have to have that escape from baseball


Clean shave, put on a cowboy hat, and Bostonians wouldn't know Youk from Adam Hydzu.
   23. SantoFan Posted: February 12, 2010 at 05:41 PM (#3459369)
"and in the hearts of Red Sox fans."


I originally read that as, "he hearts Red Sox fans." I'm on the Internet too much.
   24. The Nightman Cometh Posted: February 12, 2010 at 05:58 PM (#3459399)
How could one be literally homeless in Montreal, though? One night on the streets, December through March, and you're dead.
One of the biggest homeless destinations in the country is Burlington, VT. Their homeless shelters are unbeatable because of what you mentioned.
   25. Morty Causa Posted: February 13, 2010 at 02:10 AM (#3459747)
The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco, probably because I was constantly shooting heroin into my ass with my pants around my ankles.


But take comfort: your suffering was fodder for Mark Twain's art.
   26. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: February 13, 2010 at 02:16 AM (#3459750)
San Francisco probably is unbeatable in terms of both being full of rich people, and having freedom for both rich and poor people.
   27. jingoist Posted: February 13, 2010 at 02:47 AM (#3459761)
Boston is the closest an east coast city comes to San Francisco.
They are easily my two favorite coast cities.
Both are near the water; have great seafood and Italian neighborhoods (great ethnic foods); great places to see a ballgame; outstanding nightlife.
While both cities inhabitants are fairly liberal from a political perspective, in my experience, Bostonians are a bit more parochial in their world view.
Must be all those Irish catholics.

All that said, Youkilis sounds like a very reasonable fellow; the kind of player a city would embrace and welcome for an entire career. If he isn't greedy and continues to play like he has the past 4 years he should find himself enjoying Fenway as his summer home for years to come.
   28. Autobahn Posted: February 13, 2010 at 03:22 AM (#3459770)
How could one be literally homeless in Montreal, though? One night on the streets, December through March, and you're dead.


Yeah that was one of the major reasons put forward for Vancouver's homeless problem, that's it's pretty much the only major city in Canada that you have a chance of not freezing to death on the streets.
   29. Dave Cyprian Posted: February 14, 2010 at 10:51 PM (#3460330)
One of the biggest homeless destinations in the country is Burlington, VT. Their homeless shelters are unbeatable because of what you mentioned.


I've lived there, its a windy, cold, progressive, college town. It all adds up to this: The plentiful homeless traverse the sidewalks in the early morning hours coming to pick up thousands of empty beer bottles and cans daily. Many choose the route the recycling trucks are about to travel that morning. You can hardly leave an empty beer bottle on your porch for two hours before its gone.

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