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Getting to know Kevin Youkilis

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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.

[2]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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