Compare Youk to Paulie? No You Dint!

Actually, it’s a rather apt comp. It was always fun to admire Youk’s fire from the other dugout, while making fun of the frequent conflagration. It’s even more fun to know that more than a few water coolers are going to meet the business end of a bat mighty soon.

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  • I’ve made the comparison myself many times here and have seen Youkilis as “the other team’s” Paul O’Neill for years, both in terms of what he brings to his own team and on how annoying he is to the other. The article doesn’t mention it, but in addition to the temper and perfectionism, he and O’Neill also share the less admirable trait of whining about every called strike, which gets under the skin of many a rival. I only hope Youkilis plays well enough to get under other the skin of other teams this year. I have to say that while this has been a boring, if not slightly depressing, off-season, I am looking forward to the 2013 version of the Yankees, not least of which because players like Ichiro, Gardner, Jeter, and yes, Youkilis, are fun to watch. I don’t know that Cano/Teixeira/Granderson can carry sufficient thump to make the line-up dangerous (and not just annoying) to others, but I’ve always liked teams with good pitching, good defense, and high on-base-percentage players WITH speed. I can’t remember the last time the Yankees actually could have fit that description, and I have a queasy feeling that those traits aren’t enough to stay on top of the slugger-heavy ALEast, but I think they’ll be fun to watch. Regardless, I need baseball again.

    IronHorse - YF February 20, 2013, 10:31 am
  • I am excited for the season…but then again I am ALWAYS excited for the Yankees. I like this “underdog” thing, not really with the payroll obviously, but this yearly “the Yankees are old and will suck” sentiment may have some legs this season but I still think we will be there at the end. Basically injuries is the only thing that can hurt us. The rotation looks solid and I/we have been calling for a more dynamic offense for a few years now. I like the outfield, both defensively and offensively. I love the rotation and bullpen. I guess the big question is the left side of the infield. What does YOOOOOOOOOOOOUK have for us and can Jeter bounce back? I think Tex and Cano will have big years, especially Cano with it being his contract year and all.

    I think we will be in the mix. Like always.

    Go Yankees and science bless these United States of America.

    krueg February 20, 2013, 7:43 pm
  • Looks like Gardner going to CF is happening. No brainer really.

    Curtis is shagging balls in LF today.

    krueg February 21, 2013, 1:22 pm
  • “Curtis is shagging balls in LF today.”
    great – anyone but mariano…

    IronHorse - YF February 21, 2013, 2:02 pm
  • Nice.

    Grandy in LF, Gardy in CF and Ichi in RF. How could it be any other way? You like IH?

    krueg February 21, 2013, 2:33 pm
  • Like you, I love the defensive coverage krueg. They’ll cover a lot of territory and though only Ichiro has a gun, the others’ arms are passable. My concern is on the offensive side. While Granderson has emerged as one of the league’s top HR-hitters over the past two seasons, his plate discipline went to hell last year. And while I love speed on the basepads, I do worry that this outfield simply doesn’t bring the pop needed to compete with high-powered AL line-ups. But I like all three players out there and am going to enjoy watching them for sure.

    IronHorse - YF February 21, 2013, 9:29 pm
  • I was surprised how much better Gardy’s arm looked the last two seasons…he had a few put outs from out there. But of course, playing CF he will be throwing from a greater distance. I guess his ability to run down balls should eliminate some of those plays where you are trying to gun someone.

    krueg February 22, 2013, 1:17 pm

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