Before his first at-bat in the second, Youkilis was given a standing ovation by the Fenway crowd, in recognition of the fact they realized that it may have been his last game in a Red Sox uniform.
After his seventh-inning triple, Youkilis was removed from the game for pinch runner Nick Punto, at which time the fans again came to their feet, cheering and chanting the ubiquitous "Youuuk." The corner infielder then came back on to the field for a curtain call, prompted by manager Bobby Valentine and the rest of the team.
By the time the game was over, Youkilis' nameplate was gone, and his locker had been cleared out.
It was a trade the Red Sox apparently had to make, with an asking price the White Sox couldn't pass up.
A long-standing rumor became fact on Sunday afternoon, as the White Sox acquired Kevin Youkilis -- and $5.6 million of the $6.6 million owed to him -- for Zach Stewart and Brent Lillibridge. It's an exchange of three disappointments, and yet there's reason for jubilation on this side of the transaction.
In the 2008 season, Kevin Youkilis evolved into an MVP candidate. With a .312 average, .390 on-base percentage, 29 home runs, and 115 RBI, Youkilis made the All-Star team and finished third in AL MVP voting. His 2009 season was a continuation of his power surge as he hit .305 with 27 home runs and reached base at a career-high .413 clip. Youkilis once again made the All-Star team and finished sixth in MVP voting.
Kevin Youkilis founded Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids to multiply the impact of his effort and encourage others to join in his mission to improve the education, health and safety of children across New England and beyond.
Kevin is more than the Founder of Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids – he is out in the community on a daily basis making a difference. He attends board meetings, emcees events, and is not only an attendee of community events but an active participant. Kevin is always willing to roll up his sleeves and get involved, and he has been and will continue to be a motivator, a visionary, and someone that everyone can relate to when he shares his story.
Kevin started his minor league career with Lowell Spinners in 2001. He played MLB in 2004 with Boston Red Sox. He has won two World Series Champion award.
Kevin was the Red Sox Minor League Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002, and named to the International League All Star team in 2003. He made an auspicious major league debut on May 15, 2004 when he smashed a home run in a 4-0 win over Toronto against Cy Young award winning pitcher Pat Hentgen. Kevin appeared in 72 games for the World Series champions that year and was named the club's Rookie of the Year by the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Kevin was a two-time All-American at the University of Cincinnati and a member of the Sycamore High School team that won the AAU National Championship in 1994.
Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis is engaged to marry the sister of quarterback Tom Brady, according to the Boston Herald.
It will be Julie’s first marriage and Youkilis’ second. He was married in 2008, but turns out not legally, to Ben Affleck’s ex, Enza Sambataro. They split two years later and she resigned as CEO of his charity, Youk’s Kids
Now let’s cover the man, the myth, the legend of Kevin Youkilis. If you are looking for baseball’s version of “The most interesting (batting stance) man in the world”, you sure are in the right place.
In college, he was a 2-time All-American in four seasons for the University of Cincinnati, where Sandy Koufax once also played baseball. He set Bearcats career records with 53 home runs, 206 walks, a .627 slugging percentage, and a .499 on base percentage.
The Red Sox drafted him in the 8th round in 2001.
Kevin Youkilis (born March 15, 1979) is an American Jewish baseball player for the Boston Red Sox in the American League of Major League Baseball.
Youkilis was born to a family of Jewish Romanian and Greek ancestry in suburban Cincinanti and played baseball for the University of Cincinnati where he was a two-time All-America selection. In 2001 he was selected in the eighth round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft by the Boston Red Sox...Youkilis is a three time All-Star (2008,2009,2011), has won the World Series with the Red Sox twice (2004,2007), won a Gold Glove at firstbase in 2007 and the Hank Aaron Award for best offensive player in the league in 2008.
Known for his fitness to get on base, Youkilis (while still a small time player) was nicknamed “The Greek Divine force of Strolls” in the best equipped-offering book, Moneyball: The Craft of Winning a Treacherous Recreation. A Gold Glove Grant-winning first defensive player, he once kept baseball’s record for most drastically successive errorless amusements right away base (later broken by Casey Kotchman)