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Getting to know Kevin Youkilis

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 04, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Worth checking out tomorrow night on YES… The Network will profile new Yankees third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who talked to Jack Curry about everything from his batting stance to his brother in law. We’ve all heard about the mechanical tweaks Youkilis made this offseason, and Youkilis will explain them in the network’s profile. Here’s all the information from YES Network.

February 4, 2013 – Not only is Kevin Youkilis changing teams this coming season, but the recently acquired Yankees player will also be changing his batting stance, which he will demonstrate on the YES Network’s Yankees Access special premiere on Tuesday, February 5, at 10:30 pm ET, immediately after YES’ Nets post-game show.

Yankees Access is a YES Network original series which provides unprecedented behind-the-scenes off-the-field access to Yankees players. Previous Yankees Access shows have featured Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and David Robertson.

The February 5 Kevin Youkilis Yankees Access special features YES’ Yankees reporter Jack Curry travelling to Youkilis’ Bay Area home in California to interview Youkilis and his wife Julie. Among the highlights:

· Youkilis, owner of arguably the most distinct batting stance in the majors, demonstrates his new stance to Curry while at a local driving range. The changes: lower hands, he’s crouching a little more, more balance, a shortened delivery, and he has less of a leg kick. Youkilis explains how and why he has been working on the new stance

· He reveals that he hesitated asking out his now-wife Julie at first out of respect for her brother, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady; Tom Brady’s advice to sister Julie when she and Kevin started dating: “If I were you, I’d move as slow as molasses.”

· He describes the impact his Jewish heritage has had, and what he expects when he moves to New York; he also quotes comedian/actor – and Yankees fan — Adam Sandler (also Jewish) telling him: “Gosh, I gotta root for him (Youkilis). It’s sacrilegious not to root for a Jewish ball player but he plays for the Red Sox, so I can’t root for him.” “I always cheered for you, but man, you always killed us and I always hated that part.”

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83 Responses to “Getting to know Kevin Youkilis”

  1. pkyankfan69 February 4th, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    I hope Youk hits but I have no desire to get to know him any better than I already do. Do you think MLB would let him play with a paper bag on his head so we don’t have to look at that ugly mug all season?

  2. Jerkface February 4th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    I’m with you, I hope he is not a major focus of the Yankee media.

  3. charlestonchew February 4th, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Think maybe he’s adjusting his stance so he can drive the ball the other way over that short porch?

  4. joeman February 4th, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Jerkface February 4th, 2013 at 7:32 pm
    I’m with you, I hope he is not a major focus of the Yankee media
    ———————————-
    every player that plays in NY with the NYY is under focus why should he be any different….maybe your saying if he dosen’t do his job it’s the media’s fault

  5. joeman February 4th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Youkilis is on the downhill slide he’s here to fill a hole that if you ask me is a mistake signing

  6. Jerkface February 4th, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    every player that plays in NY with the NYY is under focus why should he be any different….maybe your saying if he dosen’t do his job it’s the media’s fault

    What? How do you get that from what pkyanks and I posted? I don’t want to see his ugly face, so the less photos and interviews and special features the better.

  7. J. Alfred Prufrock February 4th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Pkyank & JF _ I think your instincts are right. The yanks though should resist trying to oversell Youkilis, as the discerning fan grows to resent that kind of orchestration because we know they’re trying tO manipulate our emtions. In the best interest of the player, actuAlly, they should let what he does
    On
    The field dictate the timeline of his acceptance
    Here. & if he doesn’t produce no amOunt of up-close-and-personal profiles will make him sympathetic to the fan base. If he hits fans will get used to him and accept him.

  8. Chip February 4th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Nice deal by Oakland landing Jed Lowrie today.

    They’ve got a nice looking lineup:

    C – Jaso
    1b – Brandon Moss
    2b – Weeks
    3b – Sizemore/Nakajima
    SS – Lowrie
    OF – Cespedes, Young, Reddick
    DH – Barton/Coco Crisp

    If they fall out of things Billy Beane is going to be a man in demand come July.

  9. Chip February 4th, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Incidentally, speaking of the A’s, I know he doesn’t fit the team’s needs – but I would love for the Yankees to work a deal for Seth Smith.

  10. Stoneburner - The Return of Wax February 4th, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    From BA:

    http://www.baseballamerica.com.....14647.html

    The 2013 draft order won’t be finalized until the last two compensation free agents, Michael Bourn (Braves) and Kyle Lohse (Cardinals), sign contracts. And teams still haven’t received the assigned pick values for 2013, which will rise at the same rate that MLB’s revenues did last year.

    But the draft order is all but complete, and multiple sources have told me that they expect the pick values to rise by 6-8 percent. So here’s a look at where each team’s bonus pool for the first 10 rounds stands as of now, both in terms of the 2012 values and with an increase of 7 percent.

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    Cubs $9,789,000 $10,474,230
    Rockies $9,458,100 $10,120,167
    Marlins $8,845,700 $9,464,899
    Pirates $8,226,500 $8,802,355
    Royals $7,716,200 $8,256,334
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    Yankees $7,391,300 $7,908,691

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  11. jacksquat February 4th, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    DanBarbarisi Joe Girardi says hes fine with Mariano Rivera shagging flies again this year during batting practice

    How about Joba bouncing on trampolines?

  12. austinmac February 4th, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    The only thing I truly minded about Youkilis is he worked the dang count and often got key hits. I hope he is still that guy. He would help a lot.

  13. Nick in SF February 4th, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    getting to know Youk
    getting to know all about Youk
    getting to like Youk
    getting to hope Youk likes me
    getting to know Youk
    putting it my way but nicely
    you are precisely
    my cup of tea

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MNANgFCYpk

  14. tomingeorgia February 4th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Youk will be an asset to us, no matter how ugly he seems to be. He’ll sell plenty of jerseys, too.

  15. Nick in SF February 4th, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    I agree, Youk will indeed be an assface to us.

    The fact is, this is a player that many Yankee fans loved to hate, so it will take a lot of adjusting to get used to him as a Yankee. I will definitely try and I’m positive that I can enjoy his contributions, the more of which he makes the better.

    The real test, for me, will be how I feel the first time Youk shows us his Called Strike Three Sphincter Face™. I’m sure I will cringe, it’s just a question of for how long.

  16. tomingeorgia February 4th, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Fans hate Youk because of how many times he dismembered us. I think he will be fine doing it for us. Looking forward to opening day.

  17. Phranchise February 4th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Youkilis, much like Damon, will have a bit of a chip on his shoulder against his old club which fans like. The guy plays hard, he walks, he’s the type of hitter that we have missed for a while. Now he may not be the hitter he was, but healthy, in this lineup of vets, I bet he rebounds nicely this year. And really if you had a spot to fill the Yankees don’t mind, it’s taking over at 3B for Arod.

  18. j9d February 4th, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Nick — I predict you will be good with it. I say that with some certainty only because I am watching “Eight Men Out” on MLB network right now and it’s a reminder of how the players don’t have anything near the control over their career as one would think. Times have changed but not so much.

  19. Pat M. February 4th, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Sounds like the adjustments that Youk is working on is to get his hands to the zone quicker . Older guys tend to shorten up a little as time goes by.

  20. NYY_Girl_Penny February 4th, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    The only player that I’d refuse to like on NYY that came from Boston hypothetically would be Papelbon. we accepted Damon and as long as Yuk produces we’ll accept him.

    As far as KY being Jewish.. well, what better city or team to play for being a jew ? I see his routine now, breakfast at Katz Deli and then off to ballpark.

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