Let it go one more time for old times sake...Yoooooouuuuukkk
Kevin Youkilis was traded today to the Chicago White Sox for Zach Stewart, who is basically another Clayton Mortensen, and utility man Brent Lillibridge. The Red Sox will pay all but one million dollars of the salary still owed to Youkilis. All in all the deal is not that bad considering it looked like the Sox may have to release Youkilis outright about a week ago when he was in the middle of a long O-fer. Stewart was a 3rd round draft pick out of Texas Tech and he has now been traded to his fourth team. He has been a highly thought of prospect at times, but has yet to reach his potential. He will be sent to Pawtucket while Lillibridge will join the big team.
There are too many great Youkilis memories over the last decade to cover all of them, but here are some of my personal favorites. Being the Mainers that we are it is worth mentioning that he was one of the first Red Sox prospects who played for the Portland Sea Dogs and make it to Boston to play for the Red Sox, but my favorite Youkilis moment happened when a certain unnamed Yankee fan was watching a game at Fenway Park with me. Youk got a big hit late in the game against the Orioles several April's ago then he received one of the loudest Youk cheers ever. This game was during the peak of his popularity with the Sox. The Yankee fan sitting next to me in the bleachers got caught up in the moment (perhaps due to some $7.50 beverages) and screamed "Yooooouuuuuukkkk" more than once. This is one of my personal favorite Youk moments. He's had many memorable moments in a Red Sox uniform. SHARE YOUR FAVORITE YOUK MOMENTS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION.
In other Sox news today. Clay Buchholz was put on the DL today to make room for Aaron Cook. Daniel Bard struggled with wildness again today for Pawtucket. He may be in need of a Roy Halladay type demotion, when he was a young player for the Blue Jays. Where he goes down to Fort Myers for a while and then starts all over again at Single A and works his way back up to the majors. It's seems safe to say now that the move to switch him to the starting rotation, while he showed some potential as a starter, seemed to mess with his mentality and they now have a fragile pitcher on their hands. IF/OF Oscar Tejeda was designated for assignment today to clear up some room on the 40 man roster.