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Kevin Youkilis is hitting .319 with 18 RBIs in 18 games for the White Sox

Jul 18, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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

Kevin Youkilis‘ return to Boston has so far consisted of four hits in two games, including a homer and two doubles, and the Red Sox castoff is now batting .319 with four homers, a .965 OPS, and 18 RBIs in 18 games since being traded to the White Sox.

It’s early, of course, but he’s basically performing like vintage Youkilis from 2008-2010, hitting for average and power while drawing walks and controlling the strike zone. And the White Sox are 12-6 with him in the lineup.

Meanwhile, rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks has hit .191 for Boston since the trade and the Red Sox have already designated for assignment Brent Lillibridge, who’s one of the two marginal players they received in dumping Youkilis.

Toss in David Ortiz potentially missing time with an Achilles’ tendon injury and the idea that Boston’s excessive third base/first base/designated hitter depth made trading Youkilis a must no matter how well he went on to hit and how little they got in return is looking a whole lot more difficult to justify.

  1. El Bravo - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    TO RED SOX NATION:

  2. randygnyc - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Funny how I hated Youklis for 5+ years and now, I suddenly find myself rooting for him to do well. Especially the last few days.

    • pinkfloydprism - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:12 PM

      No, what is funny is how much of a cry baby he was and how he let it get to his hitting. This guy should be booed forever by all Sox fans. He is a quitter, like Nomar in 2004.

      • skeleteeth - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:15 PM

        I never really cared for Youkilis but Nomar never brought home a ring he actually played for…

  3. aceshigh11 - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    I’ll always be a Youkilis fan regardless of whether he’s with the Red Sox or not. He plays hard every game, no matter what.

    • paperlions - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      Unless Bobby V is his manager, then he’s “unhealthy”. /sarcasm

      • paperlions - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:24 PM

        To clarify, I also think that Youk always plays as hard as he can and that he cares (too much, sometimes) about the outcomes of his opportunities and of the games.

        The sarcasm was directed as Valentine’s insistence that Youkilis would suddenly get healthy once he was traded….as if Youkilis was feinting injury, which I don’t think is in him to do.

        The reason people like Valentine think such things is because that is something they would do if they were in a similar situation….most people project their own traits thus.

  4. bigleagues - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    I submitted this late to the Lillibridge post yesterday, but the misplaced criticism continues against the Sox as it pertains to trading Youkilis. And that’s fine, but let’s try and get our facts in line and use some common sense:

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/07/16/the-red-sox-designate-brent-lillibridge-for-assignment/comment-page-1/#comment-331558

  5. js20011041 - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Who didn’t see this coming? I said when they traded him that this was coming. This probably wouldn’t have been a good trade had they gotten prospects commensurate with the value of Youkilis, but they didn’t. The best part however is that not only did they not get anything back, they also sent $5 million. Somebody needs to contact the FBI because I’m almost positive Kenny Williams is holding Ben Cherington’s family hostage. Get ready Red Sox fans. The inevitable trade of Xander Boegarts, Jackie Bradley, Matt Barnes, Blake Swihart, the deed to Fenway Park, and Ted Williams’ head for Ryan Dempster is coming.

    I’m convinced that this entire organization is fucked. I’m not sure how exaggerated all of the stories that have come out about the clubhouse are, but it’s clear that something is wrong. There’s no way they just dump Youkilis like that if the clubhouse isn’t a major issue. Combine that with the fact that they ran Francona off last year and decided to trash him on the way out the door and then went over the GM’s head in hiring Valentine. It’s not just the players and coaches. I don’t know if it’s Henry or if it’s Lucchino, but whether you like or dislike Bobby Valentine, even he isn’t capable of screwing things up this badly. This entire organization is rotten to the core. At this point, the only positive is that at least this team didn’t trade for a rapist. That would have been the icing on the cake. Way to go Rays.

    • badintent - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM

      “We’ve being saying what you’re saying For Years !”……………….The Steinbrenner family. Stay classless BSox Nation, the dog days of August are coming. Whoof , whoof ! Youklis CB Player of the Year. ManRam bum of the Year. Karma

      • js20011041 - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:07 PM

        Don’t mistake my comments as support for the Yankees. May the entire Yankee organization and fanbase collectively eat a satchel of penises.

      • wendell7 - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:11 PM

        if there are any left over when you’re finished

  6. Jonny 5 - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    What’s with the Leonidas impression he’s doing? Isn’t that a bit old?

  7. aceshigh11 - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    TONIGHT…WE DINE…IN POPEYES!

    That’s a bit played out too, no?

    • wendell7 - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      completely

  8. dman6015 - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Amazing what a little motivation (anger, revenge) will do for one’s career. Then again, he could just be a Jeremy Lin type, and peeter out after a month.

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