Tribute: Kevin Youkilis

Kevin Youkilis salutes the fans in his last game with the Red Sox (6/24/12)

Kevin Youkilis salutes the fans in his last game with the Red Sox.

Kevin Youkilis (Red Sox third baseman: 2004-2012)

Kevin Youkilis was a great OBP guy.. had a sharp eye and knew when to swing and when not to.. this skill was what got him into Major League Baseball.  He was so good at it that he was actually mentioned in the 2011 film Moneyball as someone with a great OBP and a high number of walks.  On June 24, 2012, the Red Sox knew they were going to trade him, but put him in their game against the Braves for one last hurrah.  He went out with a bang, getting a triple.  Later, he was traded to the Chicago White Sox.

He was with the Red Sox for eight years and was a big part of their success.  He always had a great eye and knew when to swing and when not too.  Then, he started hitting for power to make him even more dangerous.  While his skills have been declining over the past few years, he was still a true Boston sports leader and one of the fans’ favorite players.  Even with his recent slump, you know he’s a solid player with the president of the United States, Barack Obama, is quoted as saying “Finally, Boston I just want to say — thank-you for Youkilis” as he was traded to the team Obama roots for.

We’ll miss you!  Youuuuuuuuuk!

Here’s an article about his trade:
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/dailypitch/post/2012/06/kevin-youkilis-on-red-sox-ticket-email/1

Here’s an article about what he meant to the Red Sox:
http://www.boston.com/sports/touching_all_the_bases/2012/06/kevin_youkilis.html

Further Reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Youkilis

Here’s a video with highlights of his last game with the Red Sox:
(there was a better version but MLB is lame and had it removed)

Here’s a video of a news story about him being traded:

Here’s a video of him saluting the fans and them plus the team giving him love in his last game with the Red Sox:

Here’s a video of President Barack Obama thanking Boston for trading Kevin Youkilis to his favorite team, the White Sox:

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