"He just beat our brains out." — Jim Leyland
So much for my thought of eating breakfast.
This link is going straight to my father-in-law (Yankee fan, natch), who was insisting as recently as the beginning of last season that “Kevin Youkilis is not an everyday big leaguer.” Riiiight….
A buddy of mine from the office, big Yanks fan, says to me after Youk’s homer on Monday, “I keep waiting for that guy to not be the real deal. I don’t think it’s going to happen now.”
I can think of no more inflamatory title and photo combination. What David did for classical notions of beauty, this…..thing has done for the #2 I just dropped.
For the record, Youkilis this series:
His hot bat actually started in Tampa. His last six games: .435/.500/1.261 with 5 HR and 12 RBI. Of his 10 hits in that span, nine have been for extra bases.
On the pitching front, the Sox dominated the Tigers so well (.241/.311/.263, three XBH in 137 at bats) that when the series began, Detroit was No. 1 in runs per game and No. 1 in slugging but is now third in R/G and tied for fourth in slugging.
anyone who doesnt think that youk isnt a solid major league player hasnt been following baseball for the last 3 years. I dont know that id call him “a god” but he is above average and has stretches where he can be red hot and more or less carry the team. Id be happy to have him manning first for the yanks. But alas he isnt so I hate him!
I am pretty sure that Paul is just riffing on the “Greek God of Walks” thing, not necessarily making a comment on Youk’s physique or overall baseball status.
That would be correct. The implication is that Youkilis — although he’s always actually been a lot more about good contact and seeing pitches than walks per se — has made it official that he is not simply the “Greek God of Walks” anymore.
Of course, he’s not even Greek, so the whole appelation is silly, but still…
For the record, i got the reference. I was just trying to compliment Youk as a player while saying I think he has his limits…
My fear is that each year to date, Youk’s hot streaks have gotten hotter, while his cold streaks have gotten colder.
At this rate, he might not even get a hit in the second half!
The only thing preventing Youkilis from being a really good player is his seasonal endurance. Each and every year he’s been in the majors, he’s fallen apart not long after the midpoint of the season.
Not to derail the thread, but did anyone see the ridiculously stupid Rangers/Mariners brawl? Sexson’s charging of the mound was one of the most pathetic things I’ve seen in a really long time. The pitch was over the plate, and above his head, probably a foot from it. Reminds me of the Clemens/Manny brawl incitement, where the pitch was in a similar spot, except that Manny was a bit classier (he didn’t throw his helmet at Clemens’ head, for example).
Farnsworths suspension has been reduced from 3 games to 1 game…probably will miss tonights game which sucks because I expect Igawa to probably get through about 3 innings!
its a fine game for farnsworth to miss we would prefer him in on games we are close to winning. (I cant believe i just typed that sentence)
Speaking of that Texas/Seattle game last night, it will be interesting to see if Gabbard gets any suspension for what he “did” The pitch wasnt very close to Sexson but it wasnt much different than what Farnsworth did to Manny. (Yes, I realize that Kyle has a history but i dont feel that should really make a difference). I predict we will see a clear double standard here….
“So much for my thought of eating breakfast.”
lol. Speaking of eating, Youk looks like he is licking his beard in search of a mid-game snack or somthing.
He could be a hiding a sandwich or finger food in there.
yf2K – or an entire turkey. I have a serious case of hero worship for Youk but that beard really unnerves me.
Besides Giambi, Youkilis is the one player on either team who I wouldn’t be surprised to wake up in twenty years and hear an Amber Alert involving him.
I think I missed something here…why would Youkilis, or Giambi for that matter, be involved in child abduction?
Here we go…*ding* *ding* *ding*
Sexson suspended six games, fines for a couple others. Seems about right.
Well.. to be fair, Sexson is 6’8. You really got to miss to have an “eye-level” pitch.. haha..
I always thought of Youk as a Nick Johnson-type of player – solid, walks, not enough power for a 1B. Maybe Youk will continue to prove me wrong! Though NJ has been awful this year..
I’ve always been a fan of Nick Johnson. Wow, actually his batting average is awful, but his OBP is still insanely high and his OPS+ is ~128. Not bad after all..
In my best Yogi voice: Johnson has always been selective in what he won’t swing at.
I love watching Igawa pitch. He’s lights out.
oops wrong thread…
I believe Surviving Grady’s nickname for Youks is “He Whose Beard Frightens Children”, which is… well, entirely appropriate.
If, again, he can keep his production up for the whole year, he’s one of the best players in the league – but we still haven’t seen him do that, as everyone’s said. However, if he manages to recover in time to kick ass in the postseason again, I’m good with that too.
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