[66] He did this despite struggling in the second half of the season with plantar fasciitis and a problematic abdominal muscle.[67]. Last year if he got a two-strike breaking ball, he might swing and miss. Kevin Youkilis. [42] In 2004, he appeared in 32 games for Pawtucket, hitting .258 with three home runs, and a .347 on-base percentage, before being called up to the Red Sox on May 15.[43]. [146][147], The next day, Youkilis started for the White Sox, playing against the Minnesota Twins. In, In 2002, Trenton was a minor-league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. [136] [5][22] "He had a great eye ... he hardly ever struck out looking", said Brad Meador, UC's associate head coach. I wish more people, not just athletes, would give people just a little bit of their time. "I was always taught as a kid giving to charity. [22], In 2007, Youkilis had earned $424,500, the fourth-lowest salary on the club. [3][4] He excelled despite a physique that led many observers to underestimate his athletic ability. He went 1–4 with a single in a loss. [139] At the All-Star break, he was 3rd in the league in doubles (26), 4th in on-base percentage (.399), 6th in RBIs (63), 7th in OPS (.911), and 9th in walks (49). He made 23 appearances at third base, 9 at first base, and 2 at second, and batted at least once from all nine spots in the batting order. [138], Youkilis was named a reserve for the 82nd All-Star Game. "[85], Youkilis was selected the 2007 recipient of the Jackie Jensen Award for spirit and determination by the Boston BBWAA chapter. He is an actor, known for Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn (2013), Sunday Night Baseball (1990) and Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story (2010). As stated in "Moneyball" by Michael Lewis, Youkilis was regarded as the fat third baseman who couldn't field, hit, or throw. It can make a huge difference. Dubbed “Euclis, The Greek God of Walks,” the Red Sox third-base prospect was made larger than life in Michael Lewis’ best-selling book. [141] However, he batted only .258, his lowest MLB season average of his career. Kevin Youkilis. "[7], On June 1, Yankees pitcher Scott Proctor hit Youkilis in the head with a pitch; Proctor was ejected from the game. May 16, 2012: sent 3B Kevin Youkilis on a rehab assignment to Pawtucket Red Sox. Though Youkilis had not been popular with members of the Yankees and their fans, Robinson Canó and Alex Rodriguez publicly supported the signing,[154] and Joba Chamberlain reached out to Youkilis in an attempt to smooth over their past differences. Comprehensive Major League Baseball news, scores, standings, fantasy games, rumors, and more He finished his career with a .9975 fielding percentage at first base (as of 2020, 2nd all-time, 0.001 behind Casey Kotchman), and a .991 fielding percentage overall. Youkilis hit a triple in his last at bat, and received a long standing ovation while tipping his helmet to the crowd after being taken out for pinch runner Nick Punto. "I … On September 18, he fractured the tip of the ring finger of his right hand fielding a ground ball, and did not play again until October 2, the final day of the regular season. Youkilis started the 2003 season with the AA Portland Sea Dogs, where he earned a spot on the 2003 Eastern League All-Star team. [98], Youkilis also batted .356 against relief pitchers, .358 with men on base, and .374 with runners in scoring position. "That was for him", Youkilis said. A panel of 21 MLB executives was polled to arrive at the list. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Red Sox, the Chicago White Sox, and the New York Yankees. "[187] In 2020, Bearcats pitcher Nathan Moore along with Youkilis called for the university to remove Schott's name from the stadium. And he was heavier than he is now. [15], When he graduated from high school in 1997, Youkilis was 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) and weighed about 227 pounds (103 kg). There's no way he’d last that long now. [190] In June of that year the university's board of trustees voted unanimously to remove Schott's name from the stadium, effective immediately. by David Cameron. Youkilis had a career-high 23-game hitting streak starting on May 5, 2007, and ending on June 2, 2007, in which he hit .426 (43–101) with 13 doubles, 6 HRs, 21 RBIs, and a .468 OBP. [101][102] Only Youkilis and Morneau were named on all ballots. This unintended quirk affected those sites that used an automatic url-creating algorithm which combined the first five letters of a player's surname with the first two letters of his first name. “In my religion, the Jewish religion, that’s one of the biggest things that’s taught, is giving a mitzvah, forming a mitzvah,” said Youkilis. [166], In 2018, Youkilis was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame. [195], All profits from his charity wine "SauvignYoouuk Blanc", released in 2008, support Hits for Kids. Due in part to the popularity of Moneyball, Kevin Youkilis has become something of a cult hero. Later in the season, he was promoted to AAA Pawtucket. Other big names: Doug Glanville, Kevin Youkilis, Carlton Fisk, and HANK AARON. [184], In an embarrassing formatting oddity, it was noticed in 2007 that multiple baseball websites such as Baseball-Reference.com and Baseball Prospectus had been using "youkike" as part of their urls for webpages featuring Youkilis. [97] Youkilis took over the cleanup spot of the lineup. [71] On August 30, Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain threw a pair of 98 mph pitches over Youkilis's head; Chamberlain was ejected, and later also suspended two games for "inappropriate actions. [8] Youkilis has described his father as a "well-known third baseman in the Jewish Community Center fast-pitch softball league. [155] The deal became official on December 14. I will never let our family name be next to someone that was filled with such hatred of our Jewish community. [126][127] "Statistically, if you consider 2008 and 2009, you could make the case there has been no better player in the league [in that time]", said Red Sox EVP Epstein. Youkilis was drafted in the eighth round of the 2001 draft. [15] In 2017, the school honored him by retiring his jersey number, number 13. [75], On September 15, Yankees pitcher Chien-Ming Wang struck Youkilis on his right wrist with a pitch, resulting in a deep tendon bruise that kept him out until September 25, when he returned with the aid of a cortisone shot. Coincidence? [8][12] At the age of 14, he had an uncredited one-line speaking role in the romantic comedy film Milk Money. [83] Youkilis said, "It doesn't bother me. That's because Youkilis, the "fat Double-A third baseman," was just the kind of player that Oakland Athletics' general manager Billy Beane and his market-exploiting philosophy of the time adored. Slowed by his injury, he had only 362 at-bats, but batted .307/.411/.564 with 19 home runs and 62 RBIs. 86 walks (against just 40 strikeouts), and a .953 OPS, and tied for third with 16 hit by pitch. Hopefully, it ends like a Cinderella story. "[110], Youkilis was picked to be a reserve on the AL 2009 All-Star team by Tampa Bay and AL manager Joe Maddon, after coming in second in the fan vote to Mark Teixeira, 3,309,050–3,069,906. [97], In 2008, Youkilis led the AL in at bats per RBI (4.7), was 3rd in slugging percentage (.569) and sacrifice flies (9), 4th in RBIs (115), extra base hits (76), and OPS (.958); 5th in hit by pitch (12); 6th in batting average (.312) and on-base percentage (.390); 7th in doubles (43) and in times advanced from first to third on a single (14); 8th in total bases (306), 10th in at-bats per home run (18.6), and 12th in home runs (29). Dubbed "Euclis, The Greek God of Walks," the Red Sox third-base prospect was made larger than life in Michael Lewis' best-selling book. In, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, batting average with runners in scoring position, Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story, "Youkilis Sets New Consecutive Error-Free Games Record", "Getting áced: The Five Best Jewish Players In Baseball Today", "Making a Name for Himself: Kevin Youkilis has become a folk hero in Boston", "Burning desire: Youkilis's fiery displays are embraced by some, loathed by others, but he won't change approach", "Kevin Youkilis's Jewish Roots Provoke Fascination", "How Will Jewish Ballplayers Handle the Yom Kippur Quandry? OTM Mailbag 1/17: Is it really selling low? Youkilis did not end up in Montreal as part of the Cliff Floyd deal, only to be shipped off to Oakland after, and if you're a Red Sox fan, that's a good thing. Dismissing questions as to whether he was upset about being benched for the last two games of the World Series, Youkilis said, "Move on and go to another team if you’re worried about your playing time, and think you deserve to play over somebody else. Youkilis said, "I'm not worried about making the error. You’re supposed to give a good amount of charity each and every year. Printer-friendly. 35 in 2011. I'm playing every day. Known for his ability to get on base, while he was still a minor leaguer, Youkilis was nicknamed Euclis: The Greek God of Walks in the best-selling book, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. You can either hit and are worth something or you can't and you're not. One organization that Hits for Kids works with is the Joslin Diabetes Center's Pediatric Health Services. [22], On October 30, 2014, Youkilis announced his retirement from baseball. [6] Of the players with 1,000 plate appearances in the AL over the 2008–09 seasons, none had a higher OPS than Youkilis (.960). [133][135], The injury limited him to only 102 games for the season, his fewest since his 2005 sophomore year. [172], Asked by a reporter what he thought of the nickname, Youkilis quipped, "It's better than being 'the Greek God of Illegitimate Children. Kevin Youkilis. The player who can hit for a high average as well as drive in runs. [22][37][38] Later, he earned a spot on the Eastern League All-Star team, the Baseball America AA All-Star team, and on the U.S. roster for the 2003 All-Star Futures Game. "When he did, you knew the ump missed the call. [142], The Red Sox suffered a collapse late in the 2011 season, losing their playoff positioning. —Youkilis, on the dedication of the Red Sox fans, On May 15, 2004, when Red Sox regular starting third baseman Bill Mueller was placed on the disabled list, Youkilis was called up for the first time. 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