Youk, as his teammates and fans call him, has been one of the more underrated stars in the game. Gritty and scrappy is the best way to describe his style. A nice fit in Beantown.
Youkilis was drafted in the 8th round, 243rd overall, by Boston in 2001 after playing college ball at Cincinnati. He wasn’t one of the big name players in the draft, but has proved to be one of the bigger steals.
Since becoming a member of the Red Sox, Youkilis has proved to be very valuable due to his versatility. He has started games at both third and first for Boston, playing wherever he was needed.
Possessed with a unique batting stance, Youkilis always seems to find a way to get on base. The more Youkilis started to produce, along with the more plays he made in the field, the more you couldn’t deny making him one of your starting nine. Soon after, he became an All-Star caliber player.
Closing in on the midway point of the season, Youkilis has to be mentioned in this year’s A-L MVP race. His numbers to date: .317 batting average, 12 homers and 39 RBI’s. He has become one of the most feared hitters in the league and the one constant threat among a Red Sox offense that has struggled at times this season. Plus, he’s been playing Gold Glove type defense at first. Long story short, he’s having a good all-around season.
When I see Kevin Youkilis play, it’s a throwback to the golden days of baseball. Hard work, determination and guts to do whatever it takes to win. Almost seems like he’s playing in the wrong era.
Or maybe bringing back the days of old.
Written by C. James