Kevin Edmund Youkilis, renowned American professional baseball player who is also known as “Youk”, has been traded to the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball.had been playing for the Boston Red Sox since 2001, after playing college baseball at the University of Cincinnati.
These are tough times for Kevin Youkilis. He is going through a rough patch with an all-time worst .233 batting average. Nevertheless, he has a very good past record; he has two World Series championships, three All-Star selections, a Gold Glove and the blue-collar under his belt, but somehow things have changed. He was named to the Sporting News' list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball, ranking No. 36 on the list in 2009, No. 38 in 2010, and No. 35 in 2011.
Youkilis’ shift to the White Sox is one of the most debated news for baseball fans and critics at the moment. Where it was a tough decision to make on the franchise’s part, it would have certainly been difficult for Youkilis as well.
Kevin Youkilis expressed himself by saying, “It was probably the most emotional thing I’ve ever gone through on the baseball field,” adding, “It was definitely very surreal. It hit me like a ton of bricks when I got pinch-ran for."
He also thanked his fans who had supported him through thick and thin. He did enjoy a good reputation amongst his fans. He said, “It was a great sendoff, the Red Sox fans were unbelievable. They were always unbelievable to me. I can’t thank them enough for all the great years I’ve had there, and how they’ve treated my family and friends. A lot of great memories.”
In an interview with Boston Herald, he openly expressed his sentiments about being traded to another team. He said, “I was informed by (Red Sox general manager) Ben (Cherington) that things were getting talked about. He basically said he’d let me know when it started picking up (which was about 3-4 days ago). He said it was definitely picking up. I just didn’t know, I mean there were a few teams out there. . . . I don’t know how to say it, but it was not an easy time for me. It was tough for my family, trying to figure out where we’re going. This is a great team to be on, and a great city in Chicago. Great history. I’m very fortunate to play with two baseball teams with such storied franchises.”