A native of CincinnatiOhiohe was drafted by the Red Sox inafter playing college baseball at the University of Cincinnati. 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.
A Gold Glove Award -winning first basemanhe once held baseball's record for most consecutive errorless games at first base later broken by Casey Kotchman. An intense performer on the playing field, Youkilis was known for his scrappiness, grittiness, dirt-stained jerseys, home-plate collisions, and his strange batting stance.
He was called "roly-poly" by his high school coach, "pudgy" by his college coach, a "fat kid" by general manager Billy Beane Quiet hammer in red socks, and a "thicker-bodied guy" by the Red Sox scout who recruited him. Youkilis' Jewish great-great-great-grandfather, a native of 19th-century Romania, moved to Greece at the age of 16 to avoid conscription at the hands of the notoriously anti-Semitic Cossacks.
Youkilis is Jewish and had a Bar Mitzvah at a Conservative synagogue. When he graduated from high school inYoukilis weighed about pounds and was 6' 1". Butler University and his ultimate choice, the University of Cincinnati —an institution that was the alma mater of both his father and Youkilis' longtime idol, Sandy Koufaxand had just finished Quiet hammer in red socks 12—46 season.
While majoring in finance, Youkilis excelled as a player for the Cincinnati Bearcats from to He knows his swing. Any time we said anything to him, he was already a step ahead. He made the adjustments he had to make. I just think he's a really smart guy who had a great feel for what he had to do.
He looked chubby in a uniform. During the period between his junior and senior years, he played in the Cape Cod Leaguefinishing sixth in the league in batting average. In his senior year in he repeated as second-team All-American. I don't know if it's in baseball, but he's going to make some money one of these Quiet hammer in red socks. Yet, when asked what he liked about Youkilis, former Boston scout Matt Haas said: He had an extreme crouch—his thighs were almost parallel to the ground.
And he was heavier than he is now.
But the more I watched him, the more I just thought, 'Throw the tools out the window. This guy can play baseball. Inat Haas' urging, the Boston Red Sox drafted Youkilis in the eighth round rd overallto the chagrin of Billy Beanewho had hoped that he would be able to draft him in a later round. If he [were] in the draft this year, he'd be at least a sandwich pickif not a first rounder.
His performance was that good, in college and on the Cape. Quiet hammer in red socks
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Now, teams appreciate what that means. He went on to lead the league with a. Kevin Youkilis, who resembles Steve Balboni. InYoukilis appeared in 15 games for Augusta, in 76 games for the Sarasota Sox 40 of them at first base and in 44 games for the Trenton Thunder. After the season, Boston's then-assistant general manager, Theo Epsteinsent Youkilis to the Athletes' Performance Institute in Tempe, Arizona, where he engaged in an intensive six-week training regimen.
Youkilis then moved his off-season home to Arizona, and attended the Institute in the —08 off seasons as well. InYoukilis started the season with the Portland Sea Dogs. In 94 games, he led the Eastern League with a. During his time with Pawtucket, Youkilis managed to complete a streak he started while in Portland: Youkilis is an on-base machine. He never Quiet hammer in red socks at a bad pitch, and is adept at working counts and out-thinking the pitcher.
Unlike some guys who draw lots of walks, Youkilis seldom strikes out. He makes solid contact against both fastballs and breaking pitches.
Youkilis' swing is tailored for the line drive, and he may never hit for much home run power. But he hits balls to the gaps effectively, and could develop 10—14 home run power down the road. Quiet hammer in red socks does not have very good speed, though he is a decent baserunner. His defense at third base draws mixed reviews. He doesn't kill the defense at third base, but he doesn't help it much, either, and is likely to end up at first base down the road.
In his minor league career Quiet hammer in red sockshe batted. On May 15,when Red Sox regular starting third baseman Bill Mueller was placed on the disabled Quiet hammer in red socksYoukilis was called up for the first time.
They told me the night before I was playing I got in there, and man, I was just amped up and excited. Later, Youkilis was swept up in the team's ritual annual hazingin which he and other rookies were made to wear skimpy Hooters waitress outfits, orange satin shorts and tight, clingy white tank tops, for the team trip from Canada through US Customs in Florida.
On September 24, which was Yom KippurYoukilis appeared in the dugout in uniform, but declined to participate in the game out of deference to the religious holiday. As Youkilis observed, "Fighting off pitches, fouling off pitches, laying off pitches, making it so the opposing pitcher can't breathe; that's my job.
Hopefully, it ends like a Cinderella story. While virtually nobody else knew it, Youkilis broke his toe during spring training inand was back playing again in a matter of days. It was "in Vero Beach", Youkilis said. On the Red Sox Opening Day roster for the first time in his career inYoukilis found himself on the way back down to Pawtucket on April 13 as the team needed to activate Curt Schillingand Youkilis happened to still have minor league options; but told that he would be back, Youkilis decided to keep his Boston apartment and commute to Pawtucket.
Without changing out of the same white pants that he wore for both Boston and Pawtucket home games, he packed his car, drove the 40 miles to Boston, walked into the Red Sox clubhouse, changed his jersey and cleats, and was ready to play. He ultimately played 43 more games for Pawtucket in before being called up permanently.
On September 18, he fractured the tip of the ring finger of his right hand fielding a ground balland did not play again until October 2, the final day of the regular season. He saw an average of 4. 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.
Inhis first full season in the majors, Youkilis became a regular first baseman with games at first. Until that time, he was primarily a third baseman, though he did play nine games at first base with the Red Sox inand 56 games at first base in his minor league career. Also in he played in the outfield for the first time in his professional career, 18 games in left field.
Youkilis tied for the major league lead in sacrifice flies 11and led the AL with 4. Youkilis had a career-high game hitting streak starting on May 5,and ending on June 2,in which he hit. The home run would not have cleared the fence at any of the other 29 ballparks in baseball. His manager Terry Francona said, "He's taking more of what the pitchers give him, using the whole field. He's going to work the count about as good as any hitter in baseball. Last year if he got a two-strike breaking ball, he might swing and miss.
This year he's fouling it off, or taking it to right field. It doesn't look good. On June 25,Youkilis played in his th consecutive game at first base without Quiet hammer in red socks error, breaking the prior Red Sox record set in by Stuffy McInnis.
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 Quiet hammer in red socks out until September 25, when he returned with the aid of a cortisone shot. Youkilis's error-less streak at the end of the regular season was games; while he was charged with an error in the sixth inning of an October 16,playoff game against the Cleveland Indianspostseason games are not included in the record.
Youkilis said, "I'm not worried about making the error. I'm worried about trying to help the team win and trying to get an out any way we can. He was 6th in the league in pitches per plate appearance 4.
It was his first homer since returning from being hit by Wang, and Youkilis said his wrist "felt a lot better as the days have progressed. I think the best thing about it is that it's playoff time, and adrenaline helps the most.