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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Kevin Youkilis: Righteous or Ridiculous?

Kevin Youkilis is rapidly rising up the Most Hated Red Sox chart, if our Yankee fan readers are any indication. And him starting a brawl last night will only add to his rep, such as it is.

While Jonathan Papelbon garnered 58% of our readers' votes for the Red Sox they like the least, Youk is in second at 22%. And even David Ortiz getting exposed as a Fenway faker couldn't move more than 6% or our readers to vote against him.

Here are the results for the least favorite Red Sox poll:

David Ortiz - 6%
Jonathan Papelbon - 58%
Dustin Pedroia - 7%
Jason Varitek -5%
Kevin Youkilis - 22%

What's funny to me is that other players find Youk just as annoying. Manny Ramirez and other Red Sox players couldn't stand his constant temper tantrums in the dugout, and Joba Chamberlain and Youkilis aren't exactly BFFs.

The latest player to get tired of Youkilis' act is the Tigers' Rick Porcello, who tossed a charging Youkilis to the ground like a sack of potatoes last night. The great Yankee blog Fack Youk has inducted the Detroit pitcher into their Hall of Fame for this act. I agree!

Correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks to me like the Red Sox - as usual - started this fight. They think they can plunk other team's stars and not face any repercussions. Monday they hit Miguel Cabrera, and Detroit hit Youkilis in retaliation. Then Junichi Tazawa, who has been in the majors for all of five minutes, hit Cabrera again and ended up knocking him out of the game. So when Youkilis got hit again in retaliation, he didn't take kindly to it, throwing his helmet and puffing up like a blowfish.

It's sooooo obvious what the Sox are doing here - trying to stir up a brawl to rally around. That's why they went after A-Rod twice on Saturday. They really think that the A-Rod/Varitek brawl turned their 2004 season around, even though they actually went .500 in the week after that fight. No matter.

So now it's up to Youkilis to fire up their team. Now they're all pleased that they won. As if they achieved something great. Not so shockingly, when you knock out the other team's starter, you can often beat up on their bullpen. What do they want, a cookie?

What kills me is that the Sox have been playing this beanball game for years, but whenever they get retaliated against, like when Dustin Pedroia got plunked for payback about A-Rod getting hit the last time around, they get all hysterical. Dustin threw the mother of all hissy fits the other day, and now Youk is playing the tough guy act. But he sure doesn't look very tough in the above photo from the brawl!

As for the Yankees, I missed the game last night - believe it or not, I was at The Bacchae at Shakespeare in the Park - but I'm glad, of course, that the Bombers won. But seeing the Youk video was the highlight of the evening!

I find Youkilis extremely annoying, but what do you think? Vote in our latest poll!

32 comments:

Alvaro Fernandez Ravelo said...

I don't like the vocal Red Sox like Schilling and Papelbon. Neither those that are vocal and feel entitled like Beckett and Pedro (not to mention throwing a senior citizen to the ground or throwing to a batter's head). I don't like the wuss that keeps his catcher gear to fight nor the one that throws his helmet to an underage.
Schilling and Pedro are gone, I feel sorry for Varitek (and for Theo for singning him for two years).
Beckett has behaved lately so that lives just Youk and Papelbon ... and Papelbon's disrespect for Mariano in last years All Star game really does it for me.

Anonymous said...

Tazawa wouldn't have hit Cabrera if Cabrera hadn't started to swing. That was a fair up-and-in pitch. Also, it doesn't seem likely that Boston would use Tazawa's 90 mph fastball to make a point.

You want to talk about throwing at batters? How about Chamberlain throwing at Youkilis's head 3-4 times?

Anonymous said...

Chamberlain threw at Youk's head three times in one month. But Lisa doesn't mention that. And she is a hypocrite because she gets pissed off if her team does not reatliate when they get beaned. And although I disagree with the first posters choice of words, I agree with the frustration. Lisa, you have become a predictable bore and a cinco bitcho.

Anonymous said...

Ooh, big words coming from someone whose team employed a known headhunter (Clemens) - better take your own inventory before shooting your mouth off.

Anonymous said...

Hey Anonymous, remember when Pedro hit Jeter and Soriano back-to-back and sent both to the hospital? Back then Torre had the Yanks on a short least and didn't order a retaliation and instead elected to take the high road, plus Mussina was never going to retaliate even if he were told to do so.

In the ensuing years the Sox repeatedly threw at Yankee hitters and NEVER got retaliated for it.

Whenever the Sox are against the ropes, they start throwing at opposing batters out of frustration and thinking that's gonna get the Sox rallied up. They've been doing for years this decade, and nowadays teams are sick and tired of it and they fight back.

Obviously, the Sox want to bully other teams around and not get called out on it or defended against.

Well, if you don't like it, tough shit. What goes around comes around. Deal with it, you stupid chowderhead.

-JJ

Anonymous said...

Derek Jeter was just hit by a pitch! Call an ambulance, call the White House, call his mommy. Who do these Toronto players think they are? This is an outrage! I want an investigation by MLB into this immediately!

Bklynfan said...

Boo Hoo Anonymous. FYI - Headhunter Clemens came from the Roid Sux - he probably learned his plunking there.

It's A OK when Boston does it to NY but as soon as it is retaliated, they start crying. Well, cry me a river . . .

Anonymous said...

Brooklyn Fan,

Let me get this straight, Yankee fans are whining and blogging about a game in which they were not even involved and Red Sox fans are the babies. Right.....

Bklynfan said...

Anonymous -

I'm not whining. I was merely stating, in general, that the Roid Sux start crying when their plunking is retaliated.

As for the game that the Yanks were not involved in, Youk is a hot head - and he always looks like he wants to charge the mound no matter who is pitching.

Anonymous said...

Youk is a hothead, as evidenced by how red his head and face always gets when he comes to the plate.

-JJ

Anonymous said...

Do you know how many times Youklis has been hit this year? Did you know that Joba threw at his head three times in one month? This is all so ridiculous. Teams hit each other, it's stupid but they do it. But what is really stupid is the blog making Youklis out to be such a bastard. The first thing he did was say how disappointed he was in his own reaction. That he knows kids are watching and he should have kept his emotions in check. Did you you know that Brooklyn fan? I doubt it because all you read is Lisa's diatribe about a game she didn't even watch. You know, the Yankees played a game last night, why didn't she write about that?

Bklynfan said...

Anonymous - Yes, I know all about Joba. Do you keep track of how many times your pitchers hit A-Rod and Jeter?? Probably not. Did I know about Youk's comment, No, I didn't. But I could really care less. If he is so concerned about kids watching, then maybe he should control himself when he gets hit - like you said, people get hit all the time, deal with it. You don't have to act like an idiot and start a fight.

Bklynfan said...

Anonymous - Yes, I know all about Joba. Do you keep track of how many times your pitchers hit A-Rod and Jeter?? Probably not. Did I know about Youk's comment, No, I didn't. But I could really care less. If he is so concerned about kids watching, then maybe he should control himself when he gets hit - like you said, people get hit all the time, deal with it. You don't have to act like an idiot and start a fight.

Anonymous said...

That's the point, I don't keep track. And the only reason I know about Joba is because Orsillo stated the stats about Youk getting hit during the game last night. Do you keep a log by your lazy-boy of Red Sox infractions against Yankee players?

Bklynfan said...

Do I keep a log, no -- but I have a good memory and I also hear stats when I watch the pre-game.

Anonymous said...

The Red Sox pre-game and games? Again, whining about a game your team didn't even play in. And do you agree that Joba is a head hunter or do those labels only apply to Red Sox players? Let me guess, Joba is retaliation for games that Pedro played in as a Red Sox before Joba even came up?

Bklynfan said...

The point I am trying to make is -- when the Roid Sux hit a player, ANY player (notice I didn't say Yankee player), all is well and good, but when that team retaliates, the Roid Sux see red. They wonder why they get hit and get all pissed off. They need to grow the F up. If your pitcher is going to hit someone, the other team will retaliate and it certainly works the other way around as well.

Anonymous said...

And you get this information from where? These stats and your ability to read the RS's thoughts come from where? And great dialogue (Roid Sux). It explains it all.

Bklynfan said...

Roid Sux does explain it all.

Anonymous said...

You are finally correct. It explains that you can't have a discussion without insulting people with your lack of civility. Don't you have a town hall meeting to disrupt with name calling?

The Emperor said...

I just want to know who had the audacity to say "f-you" to Lisa!! Whoever it is lacks class, civility and a decent vocabulary.

Shame on you for talking to her that way, just because you disagree with her opinions and assessments.

I guarantee that she would never say something like that to you if you had a strong opinion about something she disagrees with.

But then again, she's intelligent and possesses terrific command of the English language,therefore she can tell you to "f-off" with eloquence and lack of profanity.

Subway Squawkers said...

I was just in the midst of writing something about how if Kevin Youkilis is truly sorry about acting the way he did in front of children, let him take his suspension and not appeal. Then I'd believe his sincerity. And whaddaya know? He actually did that. So, I will have to give him some credit.

I know this issue is a hot topic, but I'd appreciate it if you all would tone down the cursing. If you want to call me an idiot, fine, but keep the profanity out of it. Thanks.

Lisa

The Emperor said...

Lisa, you should delete the first comment on this thread. It shouldn't have any place on these boards. I feel we're all adults here and we can agree to disagree, or just flat out disagree, without cursing.

The Emperor said...

As for my opinion on what happened with Youk and Porcello, I'm not a huge Youkilis fan but to be perfectly fair I can understand the frustration of being thrown at a lot. I would hate it if people kept throwing 90+ MPH fastballs at me.

That said, I feel the Sox have got to stop their beanball bullying everytime they go into a funk. Over the years they've hit our guys too damn much and got away with it. I don't want Joba doing that to Youk or to anyone, unless it's a retailiatory beanball for one of our guys getting hit first -- and if we have to throw at someone, please do so BELOW THE ELBOW!!!

The Emperor said...

BTW, Yanks win again today!!!! It took 11 innings, but at least Cano got the walkoff hit!

Anonymous said...

What is it about Youkilis that brings out all this hatred in the inbred and underedumacated?

Anonymous said...

Here's another option for your poll:

Kevin Youklis - Class Act in his apology and for sucking it up and taking his punishment.

Oh, and where's the outrage for Jeter getting hit and injured yesterday? Wait, it wasn't done by a Red Sox pitcher so it doesn't matter.

Anonymous said...

"Oh, and where's the outrage for Jeter getting hit and injured yesterday? Wait, it wasn't done by a Red Sox pitcher so it doesn't matter."

Ha! You think so, huh? Wait 'til we see toronto again...

-JJ

Anonymous said...

I see JJ, after all the BS on this blog about the RS beanball play, you are now saying the Yankees do it to. H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-T-E!

Anonymous said...

I don't condone or endorse STARTING beanballing like Boston does, but when it comes to protecting our players and striking back, yes I'm all for it.

-JJ

Anonymous said...

I love it - 30 posts to the blog about the Sox and 0 posts to the previous blog about the Yankee Sweep of Boston. Obsess much?

Uncle Mike said...

I think it's very telling that Ridicyoukilis (What do you think of the nickname?) dropped his appeal.

I guess he realized that Major League Baseball can no longer afford to give the Red Sox the benefit of the doubt, or the perception that the Red Sox are this wonderful story of good triumphing over evil that must be upheld at all costs. (Cough George Mitchell cough.)

As Senator Mitchell's old friend Bill Clinton might say... The Era of Big Papi is over!

Personally, I think Ridicyoukilis needs to be suspended every time he does his Right Said Fred imitation in the batters' box -- right down to the shaved head: "Yeah, I shake my little tush on the catwalk!"