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Youkilis: “It was a little bit of a surprise”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 14, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Kevin Youkilis is on a conference call to talk about his new contract.

“It was a little bit of a surprise,” Youkilis said. “… It was one of those things where we had to go over all the options, but I was very humbled and amazed that the Yankees jumped into the picture. I never thought I’d be on the other side of the rivalry.”

On the Joba Chamberlain rivalry
“It’s not a big deal to me. If it was that big of a deal I wouldn’t be signing with the Yankees.”

On why he chose New York
“The first thing was family. I really wanted to make sure, with all these options, what’s best for the family.”
Youkilis said he chose the Yankees because his family thought it would be “unbelievable” to live in New York City for a year, and he thought the Yankees would be his best chance to win a World Series this year.

On the reaction of Yankees fans
“You can’t control what people are going to think about you. All you can control is what you’re going to do in the game.”

On whether he could be booed at Yankee Stadium next season
“I’m going to take it as they’re all saying, ‘Youk.’”

On what he’s been told about playing time and his role when Alex Rodriguez comes back
“They just told me that I’m going to play third base. With Alex, when he comes back, he’ll probably DH a little bit, play a little third. There’s no telling. We hope that he recovers as soon as possible.”

On his health
“I passed my physical, which is good. No, I feel good. I feel good physically and I feel good mentally. Last year was a difficult year and a learning experience.”

 
 

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65 Responses to “Youkilis: “It was a little bit of a surprise””

  1. Against All Odds December 14th, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    On whether he could be booed at Yankee Stadium next season
    “I’m going to take it as they’re all saying, ‘Youk.’”

    ———————–

    Lol

    I always looked forward to him making an error and hearing Yankee fans say youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuk in a sarcastic tone. It’s going to be weird now

  2. Hassey December 14th, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    wasn’t this predicted in Marty McFly’s book on sports “history”?

  3. Hassey December 14th, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    exactly how many options does Youk think he had?

  4. RhapsodyInBlue December 14th, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    The HR call:

    A cannot miss by Youkalis.

  5. Against All Odds December 14th, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Well he had 2 that we know of.

    Yankees
    Indians

    I think even the Dodgers we linked Youk

  6. Against All Odds December 14th, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    were*

    linked to*

  7. RhapsodyInBlue December 14th, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Into the bliss with Youkalis!

  8. kd December 14th, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    is it just me or is 12 million a bit high for a guy that might not hit 250?

    i guess the veteran leadership, the fact that he grinds out every at bat and sees a lot of pitches, and the fact that he can play 1b as well makes sense.

    little risk in a short term commitment.

  9. charlestonchew December 14th, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    This prediction is going to be bold and semi-crazy, so please bear with me:

    Youkilis, 2013 AL MVP.

    .295 AVG, 34 HR, 122 RBI, .398 OBP, 85 walks, something like 35 doubles, while leading the Yankees to 98 wins.

    The talent didn’t disappear… he has already been screwed out of 1 MVP and is determined enough to have a big comeback from last year. We’ll see if he can make it without getting injured….

  10. Drew65 December 14th, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Anyone have any idea what his jersey # will be? Definitely cannot be 20

  11. Against All Odds December 14th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    He could get 22

  12. ron December 14th, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    The yankees could of reshaped their team entirely,and been in great shape this year,and beyond,plus could of been under the 189 with a better team,but dropped the ball bigtime.

    All they had to do was trade cano,granderson,and maybe hughes,then sign melky,hamilton,A. sanchez,then work on 3b,and 2b.

    Hamilton,melky,and sanchez would cost 49 million,cano,granderson,hughes,ichiro cost 40-42 million,but our outfield would be set for next year,and we’d wouldn’t have to worry about losing granderson,plus cano alone is going to cost 23-25 million,plus hughes.

    In addition we would get back a nice package of prospects to fix other positional areas,likle trading hughes for a 3b,or 2b.

    The rangers are reeling from losing out on free agents,so i’d offer up cano,and or granderson,maybe even hughes,and try to pry profar,and olt,and one pitching prospect,or shop the 3 sepparately.
    I’d look to solve 3b,2b,and get at least one good pitcher,and with melky,and hamilton,we’d be set up nice.

  13. Jerkface December 14th, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    The talent didn’t disappear

    It didn’t disappear, but it has declined.

    vs RHP

    2012 .220 .316 .377 .693
    2011 .234 .349 .415 .764
    2010 .275 .376 .487 .863

    Not the best direction to be heading in.

    For him to put up those numbers he needs to be more like 2010 vs RHP than 2011 or 2012, and unfortunately I don’t think he will get those numbers back.

  14. UnKnown December 14th, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I think Youk got a good lesson last year that baseball is definitely a business. Not that he probably needed one, but last year the business side of baseball really hit him. Going to the Yankees is just that, a business move.

    Fans get way more wrapped up, tied, and twisted in the whole thing then the players do.

    Go YOUUUUUUUUUUUUK!!!!

  15. SoS December 14th, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Anyone have any idea what his jersey # will be? Definitely cannot be 20

    =====

    21! So he can get the fans to chant YOUUUUK forever.

  16. Chip December 14th, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    My guess is that we’re going to learn that this psycho was acting out something from a damn video game.

  17. JobaTipsHisCap December 14th, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    this is just weird, least to say.

  18. joeman December 14th, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    NickSwisher I’m heartbroken for the victims and families of the shooting in Connecticut. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  19. Patrick December 14th, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    On his health
    “I passed my physical, which is good. …”

    Doesn’t sound very promising ..

  20. 86w183 December 14th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Well he’s ours now so let’s hope he is healthy and has a bounce back year.

    Back problems are always a concern, but he’s only 34….

  21. Against All Odds December 14th, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Well he’s ours now so let’s hope he is healthy and has a bounce back year.

    —————–

    Hopefully. It will still be weird tho seeing him wear the pinstripes. I think the team will embrace him though. Him and Jeter are close

  22. SoS December 14th, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Could this be Scotty Broscoius part II?

  23. austinmac December 14th, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Youkilis is one of our’s now. I hope for good health and good production. The player of a few years ago was a darn good one. Let’s get one of those years.

  24. jay51 December 14th, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Give him #12 and call him a day. Either Romine or Mesa will get #22…

  25. jay51 December 14th, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    *it

  26. Tyler December 14th, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Hopefully Youk is as ready to go as he says he is.. don’t like the trends but maybe he can find a little magic in the Bronx. Absolutely giving him a chance but the leash is a little shorter than typical FA acquisitions :)

  27. Tyler December 14th, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    It’s hard to talk baseball, and for that matter do anything else at all, this afternoon knowing the tragedy that has happened.

  28. Tackelberry December 14th, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    My deepest sympathies go out to the families of those killed in this senseless tragedy. I have children of my own and can’t even imagine the pain these parents must be feeling.

  29. Your Worst Nightmare December 14th, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    You guys are amazing, 28 people killed, mostly kids and so close to Christmas and you all carry on about is a bunch of whimsical fantasies that are just not important.

  30. Jerkface December 14th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    That stuff is going to be all over the news and likely ever other communicative medium, I’d rather not also spend time discussing it over a baseball blog as well. You also have no idea how people deal with tragedy. Immersing themselves in something else to take their mind off things is one way.

  31. Tyler December 14th, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    I feel pretty safe in saying that everybody here offers their deepest condolences to those who lost loved ones and really to society as a whole. This is a baseball blog. We like to talk baseball for various reasons, one of which could be to take people’s mind off of things.

  32. Patrick December 14th, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    You guys are amazing, 28 people killed, mostly kids and so close to Christmas and you all carry on about is a bunch of whimsical fantasies that are just not important.

    If we took this attitude nobody would do anything but mourn the horrible things that happen every day in this world. Bad things happen every day but life goes on. This is a baseball blog about the Yankees. We all feel terrible for the situation in Connecticut but your comment is completely inappropriate. You aren’t a moral authority, get off your high horse.

  33. mick December 14th, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Heinous crime….just heinous.

  34. Trigeminal Neuralgia Yank December 14th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Welcome Youk , your grit and tough play will be embraced quickly, fading the memory of the rival hate for you.. ( unless u suck, then you’ll be tarred and feathered)

  35. Jerkface December 14th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I wouldn’t call signing Youkilis a crime, though maybe it should be.

  36. Tar December 14th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Devestated. I feel so bad for the victims and the families.

    And yes this is a baseball blog, but its also a community. A community in mourning.

  37. Tyler December 14th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    “Welcome Youk , your grit and tough play will be embraced quickly, fading the memory of the rival hate for you.. ( unless u suck, then you’ll be tarred and feathered)”
    ——————————————————————————————-

    This actually sums things up rather effectively.

  38. Tyler December 14th, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    “And yes this is a baseball blog, but its also a community. A community in mourning.”
    ———————————————————–

    It undoubtedly is but people also have different ways of mourning. It’s important to be careful and keep that in mind.

  39. Tar December 14th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Tyler

    I didn’t tell anybody how to act or not. I know for me right now baseball takes a back seat.

  40. mick December 14th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    this a$$hole kills his parents and then mows down his mothers class…mutherf**ker

  41. Shame Spencer December 14th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    @Joelsherman1

    Talked to at least half-dozen execs today, all think #Mets will trade Dickey. All cautioned no inside info, but many said watch #Bluejays

  42. Tyler December 14th, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Tar-

    I never accused you of doing that. I’m just saying I think that some of these posts (not talking at all about yours) passing judgement either way are difficult in this situation.

  43. Trigeminal Neuralgia Yank December 14th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    No easy answer w the tragedy, we wish all guns could go away, but it will never happen, this isn’t a communist country .
    I know damn well I’d want all guns gone if my kids were involved. But it’s a Pandora’s box that can’t be closed at this point .

  44. charlestonchew December 14th, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Trigeminal Neuralgia Yank—

    Try not to make communism synonymous with authoritarianism–they are actually quite opposite and cannot exist in tandem.

    Nonetheless, gun violence is especially complicated as a topic. But we know that places with stricter gun laws have less gun violence and less overall deaths/murders from violence. And I don’t believe that to be a coincidence.

  45. blake December 14th, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Thoughts and prayers to the victims of such a horrible tragedy.

  46. 86w183 December 14th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I am saddened by the events in Connecticut and mad as hell.

    Random acts of violence against innocent children are the most despicable crimes of all.

  47. Your Worst Nightmare December 14th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Patrick December 14th, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    ——–

    LOLAY !

  48. blake December 14th, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    “Random acts of violence against innocent children are the most despicable crimes of all.”

    This

  49. Ys Guy December 14th, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    in order to operate a car i have to follow the rules, prove some competency and knowledge of the rules, then i have to insure my car.

    every automobile in the united states has a VIN # and it’s ownership and registration can be checked at any time.

    why aren’t these same rules employed with guns?

    i know this wouldn’t even prevent most gun tragedies, but it would reduce some.

    6 children die from guns EVERY DAY in this country.

  50. Tar December 14th, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Tyler no problem.

    86 I’m with you.

    Catch everybody later.

    Oh and mick, I agree as we’ll.

  51. 86w183 December 14th, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    gotta run folks…. hug your kids tonight

    May God Bless the souls of the children and comfort those left behind

  52. Against All Odds December 14th, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Take care Tar and 86

  53. Ys Guy December 14th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    “Canada is concerned because in the latest reported year, 153 Canadian children were killed by guns while France had only 109 children killed. In Japan, the number was zero.

    The United States had 5,285 childhood gun deaths that same year, the Center for Disease Control reports.”

    http://www.journal-news.net/pa.....8212;.html

  54. Tyler December 14th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Ys Guy December 14th, 2012 at 3:35 pm
    “Canada is concerned because in the latest reported year, 153 Canadian children were killed by guns while France had only 109 children killed. In Japan, the number was zero.

    The United States had 5,285 childhood gun deaths that same year, the Center for Disease Control reports.”

    http://www.journal-news.net/pa…..8212;.html
    ————————————————————————-

    All I can really say is, wow.

  55. RMS December 14th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    20 children, 6 adults died.
    May God help us.

  56. Jerkface December 14th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    @JonHeymanCBS

    #mets believed to have trade they like for dickey. @Joelsherman1 speculates may be waiting on RA extension talk w/other team

  57. Jerkface December 14th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    @Joelsherman1

    #orioles didn’t seem in on Dickey talks this morn and #Rangers seemed lagging. #bluejays appear destination if contract hurdle solved #Mets

  58. Patrick December 14th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Sounds like the Blue Jays are the most likely team to get Dickey. That would suck. I wonder if the Mets could get Gose as part of the return?

  59. DaSaint007 December 14th, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    As a proud father of a 2 year old, whom GB used to refer to as Little Simon, I’m devastated by todays events in CT. I love baseball, but I’m numbed by today. It feels like nowhere is safe. Not schools, not movies, not the mall, nor places of worship. Rural, urban, mid-west, south, north-east, it doesn’t matter, and we’d better realize that. The only common denominator is the gun. Each psycho was different, but they all used guns.

    As someone who grew up in a family connected with National Security apparatus, I adore the military, and almost became a Marine pilot myself, but this is insane. Something has to happen, something needs to change.

    When adults lose their lives senselessly, we grieve. But a child? It’s heartbreaking. Futures lost. Parents crushed. Dreams shattered. The next Jeter or Granderson, or Obama, or Hughes, or senator, mayor, president, teacher, actor, whatever. Lost. Mindlessly. By cowards who can’t solve their own problems any other way than emoting in this manner.

    I’m devastated. I’m sorry, this is a baseball blog, and I apologize, but this is heartbreaking for those 20 something families that have lost their most precious loved ones.

  60. austinmac December 14th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    All our thoughts and prayers for these poor families. Let’s all go hug our children.

  61. Against All Odds December 14th, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    No need to apologize DaSaint007. You’re post was well written, from the heart and to the point.

  62. DaSaint007 December 14th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Thx Against All Odds.

  63. J. Alfred Prufrock December 14th, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Ys Guy December 14th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    “Canada is concerned because in the latest reported year, 153 Canadian children were killed by guns while France had only 109 children killed. In Japan, the number was zero.
    ///

    This is interesting. Japanese work themselves ragged, but their culture is way more cooperative within than it is competitive.

    This was like a stab in the solar plexus, hearing this. I can only imagine what these folks are feeling who have lost their children, a parent, a sibling, a grandchild, a friend.

    RMS, I am with you. God help us all.

  64. J. Alfred Prufrock December 14th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    austinmac December 14th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    All our thoughts and prayers for these poor families. Let’s all go hug our children.
    ///

    Let’s hug our children, and let’s just be kinder. Just kinder. Strangers are somebody’s child, or have children, themselves. I saw something today – a senseless aggressiveness on the road because someone thought someone else wasn’t going fast enough for their taste. The speed “limit” doesn’t dictate that you have to hit that “limit”, just that you have to not drive above it. So this guy thinks it’s alright to tailgate this driver, blare his horn, shake his fist, flip him off, etc. As the third car, trailing, we couldn’t really weigh in (this is a winding country road in Montgomery Twp, NJ), but even at a distance, it was pretty clear the first driver was looking for something, and might have even been lost.

    Imagine, I thought, if this guy asked the other for directions on foot. The second guy would probably take a minute from his day and provide them, but in a car, something happens to certain people… that guy wasn’t mad at that driver, he was mad at everything, I expect, and that poor guy was in his path. Maybe the guy heckling has a sick parent or child he has to get back to, I don’t know. Maybe his boss chewed him out. Maybe he’s grieving and feels angry at the universe. But maybe the other guy was just not sure where he was, and maybe he has those kinds of challenges: a sick kid, etc., or maybe he goes home that night and finds out someone he cares about is very ill…. My point is, no one knows what others are going through, why can’t we all just give each other a break?? We’re all going to encounter illness, losing someone, feeling under appreciated. Why is it, when it happens, do we turn against each other, rather than deepen our empathy? We create monsters, that’s what we do.

    We create an “Us’ and a “Them”, like Pink Floyd sang during the Sandy Benefit. In the end, we’re responsible for each other. That’s what makes us human. Does God have to slap us in the face for us to get it? Does something so heinous as this have to happen??

    God help us, indeed.

  65. FreeAgentSignee December 17th, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Welcome Kevin!
    Go Yankees!


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