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How did Kevin Youkilis get a name like Youkilis anyway?

Dec 13, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

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Remember when comedian Dennis Leary made everyone uncomfortable on TV a few years back because he assumed that Kevin Youkilis was Greek and then, when told he was Jewish, went on and on — maybe on a bit too much — about how awesome it was that the Red Sox’ first baseman was Jewish?

Well, Richard Sandomir of the New York Times has a story up about Youkilis’ family history, and it explains why, exactly, he has that Greek-sounding name. ┬áThe short answer: it was supposed to be a Greek-sounding name for purposes of security and deception.

Read the story, but know this much: if it wasn’t for that unique family history, Sox fans would have shouted “Weeeeeiiiiineeerrr” when he came up to bat these past few years.

Our loss.

  1. sdelmonte - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Just a bit disappointed he is not descended from the Sephardi communities of Greece.

  2. number42is1 - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    I have been shouting weeeeeeeiner all these years.

  3. butchhuskey - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Although about 97 % of Greece is comprised of Catholics, Judaism has existed in Greece for over 2,000 years. Therefore, being Greek and being a Jew are not mutually exclusive.

    • mazblast - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:38 AM

      Actually, almost no one in Greece is Catholic. They’re Greek Orthodox, haven’t recognized the so-called Primate for about 1600 years.

      • butchhuskey - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:53 AM

        You are correct – I meant to type Greek Orthodox

      • cktai - Dec 14, 2012 at 6:24 AM

        A common spelling order.

      • cktai - Dec 14, 2012 at 6:24 AM


  4. Old Gator - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    I’ve made spanakopita with matzoh brei. It’s good. Next up: avgolemono with knadeleh. And finally: a handy, fold-out paper bag for the next socialite friend of Beep-Beep’s next girlfriend who has to wake up with a hangover next to that….

    • Jason @ IIATMS - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:12 PM

      Oh I’m in on that, Gator.

      PS: Wife’s great grandfather changed the family name from Slutsky to Slater. Smart man. All for changing the name to hide from the Nazi’s or embarrassing, make-fun-of-growing-up names.

      • Old Gator - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:16 PM

        Prolly the greatest comment on this whole subject was delivered by Richard Benjamin as the vampire-cuckholded psychiatrist in Love at First Bite:

        Dracula (George Hamilton): How do you know so much about me, Rosenberg?

        Dr. Rosenberg (Richard Benjamin): My family name was Van Helsing. I changed it to Rosenberg for professional reasons!

      • historiophiliac - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:20 PM

        Ha! My second favorite George Hamilton film.

      • Old Gator - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:07 AM

        After Where the Boys Are, right?


  5. historiophiliac - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    As an aside, Craig, why didn’t we get a post today where we got to discuss Old Hoss’ snark? Or, did I miss it?

  6. nicepak381 - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Butchuskie, I believe 97% of Greeks belong to the Greek Orthodox Church, not the Roman Catholic Church; similar, but no Pope.

  7. tfbuckfutter - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Now that he plays for the Yankees he might as well change his name to You-Suck-alus.

    Although as far as his Boston career goes, he could have adopted that name after the 2011 All Star break.

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