When watching the Sox game last Sunday the announcers cut in to inform the viewers that Kevin Youkilis had been traded by Boston. The moment it happened Boston puled him out of the game where he was on base and video showed him saluting the Red Sox fans while heading for the clubhouse. Both White Sox announcers claimed they didn’t know what team Youkilis was headed to. BUt they knew. I had my guess.
This year the Cubs hired wonder boy Little Teddy Epstein away from Boston to be their G.M. so the logical destination to me was that Youkilis would most likely show up at the world’s largest urinal on Clark and Addison.
Was I wrong.
Later in the day a press conference was held and Ken Williams (Sox G.M.) announced the acquisition of Kevin Youkilis to shore up 3rd base, their weakest position. After picking my jaw up off the floor I had to tell the wife. Her: Who’s he? Me: He’s the Red Sox 3rd baseman, a three time MLB all-star who always managed to eat the White Sox for lunch on many past occasions. And did he ever.
It’s not often the Sox manage to acquire a veteran player not only with excellent credentials but a proud gamer who gives his all as well. In the past I recall them signing Jose Canseco, Albert Belle and Manny Ramierez just to name a few as mid to late season veterans intended to take our team to the next level. They all failed.
Yesterday I had the time to watch the Sox play a day game @ Minnesota, a team who for the past decade ate our lunch consistently. Now the Twinkies are just that, our desert.
Youkilis’ stats since becoming the new White Sox 3rd baseman are as follows.
3 games, 12 at bats, scored once, five hits, one double, 2 RBI 1 strike out and no walks for a .417 batting average, a slugging percentage of .549 and (here’s my favorite) an on-base percentage of .961!
All said, this is probably the best mid-season move the Sox have made in decades (IMO) and one that greatly enhances the chances for post-season play.
Noting gets by him at 3rd and his presence in the lineup have made the Sox an instant contender in the AL Central.
Up until now I have been a casual SOX observer, watching about 1/3 of the games so far this season. Now I am stoked.
Yesterday the Sox beat the Twinkies 12-5 to gain a 2.5 game lead in the AL Central. The Cubs lost to the Mets keeping their worst record in Baseball intact : ) Thank you Sweet Baby Jesus.
Thank you Mr. Williams. Thank you Mr. Reinsdorf. And welcome Mr. Youkilis.