[14] "I take no credit", said Cleary. It's just the fact that I represent a lot of Jewish people and a lot of the Jewish heritage, and the struggles that a lot of our people have had. Youkilis said, "I'm not worried about making the error. [41] Asked, however, about the focus in position-playing baseball on five-tool players, Youkilis quipped, "I don't even know if I have a tool."[5]. FTFA: Youkilis, 28, is a bald, bearded god of perseverance, professionalism and hard work. Viewing rookie Will Middlebrooks as the superior third baseman, Valentine began to play Middlebrooks over Youkilis. [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. The deal also included a team option (at $14 million, with a $1.25 million buyout) for 2013. [166], In 2018, Youkilis was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame. [16] "Kevin would have played for a six-pack of beer", his father said. "I … "[57] He was on the roster for the Red Sox for the 2004 American League Division Series (ALDS), making his sole appearance in Game 2 against the Anaheim Angels. In the book, Lewis discusses then-prospect Youkilis in detail, and refers to him as "Euclis, the Greek God of Walks", a moniker that has stuck. "[58] He was removed from the roster for the next round, the American League Championship Series (ALCS), and was on the roster but did not play in the World Series. He is currently a special assistant to the Chicago Cubs and former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein. 35 in 2011. [66] He did this despite struggling in the second half of the season with plantar fasciitis and a problematic abdominal muscle.[67]. Beane put more stock in empirical evidence than in scouts' hunches, and did not care that Youkilis was pudgy (or, as Lewis put it in the book, "a fat third bas… Youkilis said. But he hits balls to the gaps effectively, and could develop 10–14 home run power down the road. I think the best thing about it is that it's playoff time, and adrenaline helps the most. [157][161] In 21 games, Youkilis batted .215 with one home run with 11 RBIs. He went on to lead the league with a .512 OBP, 52 runs, and 70 walks (against just 28 strikeouts), while hitting for a .317 batting average (third in the league) in 59 games. Winning and losing isn’t life and death to Manny. [167], Michael Lewis's 2003 best-seller Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game focuses on Oakland Athletics' General Manager Billy Beane's use of Sabermetrics as a tool in the evaluation of potential prospects. A fat Double-A third baseman who is the Greek god of walks. Easily move forward or backward to get to the perfect spot. He knows his swing. It doesn't look good. He went 3-4 with two doubles in the game.[150][151]. Westinghouse Digital and Kevin Youkilis Hits For Kids have teamed up to give sports fans a unique opportunity to interact with one of baseball’s greats, Kevin Youkilis. Kevin Youkilis Edition, Red Sox reportedly close to deal with Martín Pérez, Daily Red Sox Links: Martín Pérez, Jhonny Pereda, Maybelle Blair. [92], In an early June game at Fenway Park, one camera reportedly showed Manny Ramirez taking a swing at Youkilis, and the two had to be separated by teammates in the Red Sox dugout. [48][49] "I walked into the locker room, and all my clothes were gone", Youkilis said. "[193], "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. [8][12] At the age of 14, he had an uncredited one-line speaking role in the romantic comedy film Milk Money. Famously dubbed “The Greek God of Walks” in Moneyball, Kevin Youkilis is now eight years into a big-league career that has been every bit as successful as Michael Lewis’ 2003 classic. He was 6th in the league in pitches per plate appearance (4.27) and in hit by pitch (15). Youkilis had high on-base percentages, and, like Jason Giambi before him in Beane's mind, was expected to develop power that had to that point remained unseen, in part thanks to his patience and his ability to wear down pitchers, a la another friend of Red Sox Nation, Scott Hatteberg. The first time I became aware of Kevin Youkilis was when I read Moneyball. He … [25][26], In 2019, he was named to the inaugural Conference USA Hall of Fame class. 38 in 2010, and No. [202] The family lives in Los Gatos, California.[203]. [46] "This one will go down probably as the greatest day of my life", he said. "[93] Asked about the incident the following year, Youkilis said: "We have two different approaches to the game. He's going to work the count about as good as any hitter in baseball. I'm happy. [36], After the 2002 season, Boston's then-assistant general manager, Theo Epstein, sent Youkilis to the Athletes' Performance Institute in Tempe, Arizona, where he engaged in an intensive six-week training regimen. [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). [15] In 2017, the school honored him by retiring his jersey number, number 13. The phrase represents Youkilis' nickname but also replicates the phonetic spelling of the low, drawn out, guttural cheer that Red Sox fans in attendance would greet Youkilis with as he walked toward the batter's box prior to hitting or after a successful play in the field. Kevin Youkilis enters Game 3 of the World Series with an OPS - that's on-base percentage plus slugging percentage - of 1.254. 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. Youkilis has helped lead the Red Sox to a pair of World Series titles, earning an equal number of All-Star berths while hitting .292/.394/.496. Youkilis was featured in the 2008 Hank Greenberg 75th Anniversary edition of Jewish Major Leaguers Baseball Cards, published in affiliation with Fleer Trading Cards and the American Jewish Historical Society, commemorating the Jewish Major Leaguers from 1871 through 2008. [144][145] In the seventh inning of that day's game, Ben Cherington, the Red Sox General Manager, informed Valentine that a transaction was pending. [74] On September 7, he played in his 179th consecutive game at first base without an error, which broke the prior AL record set in 1973 by Mike Hegan. [195], All profits from his charity wine "SauvignYoouuk Blanc", released in 2008, support Hits for Kids. [But] I think the body did scare some people away. [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]. [106], Youkilis batted cleanup for Team USA in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, tying for the lead among all WBC players in home runs (3) and runs (9), and tying for second on the team in RBIs (6) and walks (6), through the first two rounds. Youkilis scored the winning run for the Red Sox to complete the second-largest comeback in MLB postseason history. The 35-year-old Youkilis spent most of his 10-year career with the Red Sox, playing for the club's World Series championship teams in 2004 and '07. [7][16], In 2003, Youkilis started the season with the Portland Sea Dogs. He was named Red Sox Minor League Player of the Year. He never swings at a bad pitch, and is adept at working counts and out-thinking the pitcher. The ceremony was attended by Red Sox teammates Mike Lowell, David Ortiz, and Dustin Pedroia. 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. I got in there, and man, I was just amped up and excited. "[14] During his first major-league game in Toronto, with his parents watching from the second row behind the dugout, Youkilis (in his second at bat) homered against 1996 Cy Young Award winner Pat Hentgen, becoming just the seventh player in team history to hit a home run in his first game. He was strong. [22] In 2005 with Boston, Youkilis hit .278 with a .400 on-base percentage in 79 at-bats in 44 games during five stints with the team. He made the adjustments he had to make. [190] In June of that year the university's board of trustees voted unanimously to remove Schott's name from the stadium, effective immediately. The Red Sox agreed to pay $5.5 million of Youkilis' salary to help close the deal. '"[173] But according to his father, "Kevin disliked that 'Greek God of Walks' stuff." "We had a lot of testosterone going tonight. [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. [8][9][10] His father was born to a Jewish family, while his mother, a native of West Virginia, converted to Judaism after her marriage. "I got about four hours of sleep. In Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story, a 2010 documentary film narrated by Dustin Hoffman, Youkilis noted: It's something that I probably won’t realize until my career is over, how many people are really rooting for me and cheering for me. Slowed by his injury, he had only 362 at-bats, but batted .307/.411/.564 with 19 home runs and 62 RBIs. "Scott Proctor hit me in the head. The only problem is that our family name will never coexist with that other individual. "It's frustrating not being able to play", he said. [62] Despite his inexperience in the outfield, Youkilis did not commit an error while in the outfield; he did, however, commit eight errors while playing the infield. Due in part to the popularity of Moneyball, Kevin Youkilis has become something of a cult hero. [1][2] He is also a three-time MLB All-Star, two-time World Series Champion, and winner of the 2008 Hank Aaron Award. Positions: First Baseman and Third Baseman Bats: Right • Throws: Right 6-1, 220lb (185cm, 99kg) Born: March 15, 1979 in Cincinnati, OH us. "[16], In 2007, he was inducted into the University of Cincinnati James P. Kelly Athletics Hall Of Fame. [68] At one point during the hitting streak, he had 9 straight games with at least two hits (tying a Red Sox record set by Jim Rice in 1978), and became the first Red Sox hitter since Trot Nixon to hit an inside-the-park home run. (Oddly, Forst predicted that it would in that same 2007 interview.) Kevin Youkilis. In 2011, Youkilis was again named to Sporting News' list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball, ranking No. "When he did, you knew the ump missed the call. [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. [129], Youkilis finished sixth in balloting for the 2009 AL MVP Award, receiving two second-place votes. [122] After inscribing "GM" in marker on his cap, he hit two home runs in the game against the Yankees, while driving in six runs. You're supposed to give a good amount of charity each and every year. As stated in "Moneyball" by Michael Lewis, Youkilis was regarded as the fat third baseman who couldn't field, hit, or throw. “I was always taught as a kid giving to charity. He was called "roly-poly" by his high school coach, "pudgy" by his college coach, a "fat kid" by general manager Billy Beane, and a "thicker-bodied guy" by the Red Sox scout who recruited him. [116][117][118][119] Both players were tossed from the game, and each received a five-game suspension. Rallying the support of volunteers, local business, and the heart of Red Sox Nation, Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids teams with existing, community-based children's charities and medical research efforts that lack sufficient funding and awareness. Due in part to the popularity of Moneyball, Kevin Youkilis has become something of a cult hero. [93] "I think they were just exchanging some views on things", manager Terry Francona said. [133][135], The injury limited him to only 102 games for the season, his fewest since his 2005 sophomore year. Until that time, he was primarily a third baseman, though he did play nine games at first base with the Red Sox in 2005, and 56 games at first base in his minor league career. [196], In November 2008, Youkilis and Enza Sambataro held a wedding ceremony in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, although the couple never formalized their wedding. 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His defense at third base draws mixed reviews. [120][121], Hearing that his friend and former minor league teammate Greg Montalbano had died of testicular cancer at the age of 31 late on August 21, Youkilis dedicated his next game to his friend's memory. 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). [13], He attended Sycamore High School (class of 1997)[14] in the northeastern suburbs of Cincinnati, where he played third base, shortstop, first base, and the outfield for the school team (the Aviators) which won the Amateur Athletic Union National Championship in 1994. "[194], After the first game of the ALDS, Youkilis re-shaved his head for good luck in a sign of solidarity with cancer patient Mitt Campbell. [107] He had to leave the team with a left ankle sprain, however, before the WBC semifinals. Youkilis has been part of two championship teams in Boston, as he picked up 248 plate appearances in his rookie season of 2004, hitting .260/.367/.413 in his part-time role. 15-yr client, Kevin Youkilis, after deep thought about family and health, is calling it a career. In today’s game of baseball there seem to be two types of offensive players. Boston Red Sox star Kevin Youkilis will be answering fan’s questions on Westinghouse Digital’s Facebook fan page throughout the month of September. Kevin Youkilis was central to a specific chapter in the 2003 book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis, the movie version of which has just entered theaters. Sambataro, a Newton, Massachusetts native, was CEO of Youkilis's charity, Hits for Kids,[197][198] until the couple split up in 2010. [22][35] In recognition of his performance, the Boston Red Sox named Youkilis their 2002 Minor League Player of the Year. "He has skills, man", said David Ortiz. 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