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Kevin Youkilis likes his new shade of sox

Jul 5, 2012, 9:41 AM EDT

White Sox Youkilis celebrates game-winning single in MLB American League baseball game against Rangers in Chicago Reuters

Kevin Youkilis is doing just fine with the change of scenery.

Last night he singled home Alejandro De Aza in the bottom of the 10th to break a 4-4 and give the White Sox a walkoff win. He finished his night 2-for-4 with a walk.

So far since the trade he’s 11 for 36 (.306) with a homer and nine RBI since being traded by Boston. No, that’s not on his previous All-Star pace quite yet, but being given regular, daily playing time seems to agree with Youk thus far.  Wouldn’t surprise me at all if he continues to improve all season long.

  1. kkolchak - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    The proverbial “change of scenery” is not just a tired old cliche after ll. :)

    • baseballisboring - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      Well, it’s used as a cliche all too often. A lot of times when guys struggle someone throws the “change of scenery” cliche out there, but it’s not always applicable. But sometimes it is. In a guy like Youk’s case, he got traded to a team where he’s the clear cut starter, doesn’t have intense media scrutiny, and he’s actually in an even better park for hitters than Fenway. Seems like this is just what he needed, and I’m happy for him. Definitely didn’t expect him to keep struggling the way he had been.

      • baseballisboring - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:09 AM

        I mean, you know…not that 36 at bats tells us a whole lot. But I do expect him to keep it up.

  2. keithbangedyermom - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Kinda waiting for him to tee off on Boston to the media. It would be good stuff.

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:29 AM

      They’d be too busy policing players from charity events to even notice.

  3. skeleteeth - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    He always seemed like a guy with something to prove and one that excels doing just that.

  4. fissels - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    The Youker! (used to be youkah)

    • kkolchak - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:01 AM

      That would be “Da Youker” in Chi-town! :)

  5. sictransitchris - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    I’ve been trying to think of a hosiery joke for like twenty minutes now.

    • kkolchak - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:04 AM

      How about: Youk can’t wait to sock it to his old club?

    • qcubed3 - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      “sometimes a player just needs a change of scenery”, and sometimes, a player just needs a change of laundry . . . badum, bum

  6. pisano - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Good for Youk, I felt getting out of Boston would help him, and there really wasn’t any room for him there. This guy has always given all he has to his team and he’ll continue that. When he’s right he’s the last guy the opposing team wants to see at the plate with the game on the line.

  7. Glenn - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    “Change of scenery” is right there with momentum, chemistry causing winning, and can’t play in the big city/pressure situation/big media city as a great descriptor AFTER the fact. Can you believe that when a guy makes a great play to end an inning and then leads off the next half frame only happens one out of nine times? Even less in the American League.

  8. randygnyc - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    He caught the AJ Burnett disease. Good for him. The inside info on Boston is coming from Youk, sooner rather than later.

    • pisano - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      randy… I don’t know about Youk talking sh*t on Boston, even though that ownership ( look how they treated Tito) and Valentine deserve it. Their loyal fans don’t deserve it and I think Youk will think along those lines, a class guy all the way.

  9. blackandbluedivision - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    This guy is a blessing. Some of the defensive plays he made yesterday almost had me in tears, lol. Haven’t seen that position played so well since the Joe Crede days.

  10. Old Gator - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Schreck is still better looking.

    Max, I mean.

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