62 Facts About Kevin Youkilis


Kevin Youkilis played in Major League Baseball for the Red Sox, the Chicago White Sox, and the New York Yankees.

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Kevin Youkilis later served as a special assistant to the Chicago Cubs and former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein.

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Kevin Youkilis is a three-time MLB All-Star, two-time World Series Champion, and winner of the 2008 Hank Aaron Award.

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An intense performer on the playing field, Kevin Youkilis was known for his scrappiness, grittiness, dirt-stained jerseys, home-plate collisions, and his strange batting stance.

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Kevin Youkilis excelled despite a physique that led many observers to underestimate his athletic ability.

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Kevin Youkilis became homesick and returned to Romania after a couple of years, although he changed his surname from "Weiner" to "Youkilis" to avoid conscription and imprisonment.

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Kevin Youkilis was born in Cincinnati, the son of Carolyn and Mike Kevin Youkilis, a wholesale jeweler.

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Kevin Youkilis's father was born to a Jewish family, while his mother, a native of West Virginia, converted to Judaism after her marriage.

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Kevin Youkilis is Jewish and had a bar mitzvah at a Conservative synagogue.

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Kevin Youkilis attended Sycamore High School in the northeastern suburbs of Cincinnati, where he played third base, shortstop, first base, and the outfield for the school team which won the Amateur Athletic Union National Championship in 1994.

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Kevin Youkilis was inducted into the Sycamore Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.

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Kevin Youkilis had an extreme crouch—his thighs were almost parallel to the ground.

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Kevin Youkilis's performance was that good, in college and on the Cape.

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In 2018, Kevin Youkilis took his final exams and graduated the University of Cincinnati with a business degree.

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In 2001, Kevin Youkilis made his professional debut as a third baseman with the Lowell Spinners, a Short-Season A Class franchise in the New York–Penn League.

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Kevin Youkilis reached base safely by hit or walk in 46 consecutive games.

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In 2002, Kevin Youkilis appeared in 15 games for Augusta, in 76 games for the Sarasota Sox, and in 44 games for the Trenton Thunder.

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Kevin Youkilis makes solid contact against both fastballs and breaking pitches.

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Kevin Youkilis does not have very good speed, though he is a decent baserunner.

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Kevin Youkilis doesn't kill the defense at third base, but he doesn't help it much, either, and is likely to end up at first base down the road.

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Later, Kevin Youkilis was swept up in the team's ritual annual hazing, in which he and other rookies were made to wear skimpy Hooters waitress outfits, orange satin shorts and tight, clingy white tank tops, for the team trip from Canada through US Customs in Florida.

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Kevin Youkilis was named the club's Rookie of the Year by the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

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Kevin Youkilis ultimately played 43 more games for Pawtucket in 2005 before being called up permanently.

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Kevin Youkilis made 23 appearances at third base, nine at first base, and two at second, and batted at least once from all nine spots in the batting order.

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Kevin Youkilis tied for the major league lead in sacrifice flies, and led the AL with 4.

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Kevin Youkilis did this despite struggling in the second half of the season with plantar fasciitis and a problematic abdominal muscle.

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Kevin Youkilis had a career-high 23-game hitting streak starting on May 5,2007, and ending on June 2,2007, in which he hit.

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On June 25,2007, Kevin Youkilis played in his 120th consecutive game at first base without an error, breaking the prior Red Sox record set in 1921 by Stuffy McInnis.

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Kevin Youkilis was selected the 2007 recipient of the Jackie Jensen Award for spirit and determination by the Boston BBWAA chapter.

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In 2007, Kevin Youkilis had earned $424,500, the fourth-lowest salary on the club.

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Kevin Youkilis was the AL's starter at first base on the 2008 AL All-Star team that played the 79th Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium, voted in by the fans with 2,858,130 votes in his first year on the ballot.

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Kevin Youkilis became the sixth Red Sox first baseman to start an All-Star Game at first base, following Jimmie Foxx, Walt Dropo, Mickey Vernon, George Scott, and Mo Vaughn.

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Kevin Youkilis finished third in the balloting for the 2008 AL MVP Award, receiving two first-place votes, while his teammate Dustin Pedroia won and Justin Morneau came in second.

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Kevin Youkilis scored the winning run for the Red Sox to complete the second-largest comeback in MLB postseason history.

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Kevin Youkilis batted cleanup for Team USA in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, tying for the lead among all WBC players in home runs and runs, and tying for second on the team in RBIs and walks, through the first two rounds.

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Kevin Youkilis had to leave the team with a left ankle sprain before the WBC semifinals.

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Kevin Youkilis hit a walk off home run against the Yankees on April 24,2009.

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Kevin Youkilis threw his helmet at the fast back-pedaling Porcello, and Porcello tackled Kevin Youkilis, both went down, and both benches cleared.

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Kevin Youkilis finished sixth in balloting for the 2009 AL MVP Award, receiving two second-place votes.

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Kevin Youkilis was selected as the Red Sox most valuable player in voting by the Boston Chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

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In 2010, Kevin Youkilis was again named to Sporting News list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball, ranking No 38 on the list.

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In 2011, Kevin Youkilis was again named to Sporting News list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball, ranking No 35 on the list.

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Kevin Youkilis hit a triple in his last at bat, and received a long standing ovation while tipping his helmet to the crowd after being taken out for pinch runner Nick Punto.

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On July 9,2012, Kevin Youkilis was named the American League Player of the Week, after batting.

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White Sox manager Robin Ventura reported that Kevin Youkilis was a competitor with a "grinder mentality", who fit in well with his White Sox teammates.

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Kevin Youkilis was diagnosed with a lumbar spine sprain when the 2013 season began and was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 30,2013.

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Kevin Youkilis was placed back on the disabled list on June 14,2013 after re-injuring his back.

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Kevin Youkilis agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball for the 2014 season.

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Kevin Youkilis missed part of the season due to plantar fasciitis.

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In February 2015, Kevin Youkilis was hired by his former GM Theo Epstein as a scout and development consultant for the Chicago Cubs.

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In 2022, Kevin Youkilis began commentating Red Sox broadcasts for the New England Sports Network.

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Beane put more stock in empirical evidence than in scouts' hunches, and did not care that Kevin Youkilis was pudgy, but just loved his ability to get on base.

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Kevin Youkilis was featured in the 2008 Hank Greenberg 75th Anniversary edition of Jewish Major Leaguers Baseball Cards, published in affiliation with Fleer Trading Cards and the American Jewish Historical Society, commemorating the Jewish Major Leaguers from 1871 through 2008.

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Kevin Youkilis joined, among other Jewish major leaguers, Ryan Braun, Brad Ausmus, Ian Kinsler, Brian Horwitz, Gabe Kapler, Jason Marquis, Jason Hirsh, John Grabow, Craig Breslow, and Scott Schoeneweis.

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Kevin Youkilis was one of three Jewish players in the 2008 All-Star Game, joining Braun and Kinsler, and one of three Jewish players on the Team USA 2009 World Baseball Classic team, joining Braun and Grabow.

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Kevin Youkilis was named the Jewish MVP for 2008, beating out fellow All-Stars Braun and Kinsler.

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Kevin Youkilis expressed interest in playing for Israel at the 2013 World Baseball Classic, if healthy.

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Kevin Youkilis Hits For Kids is a charitable organization established by Youkilis in 2007.

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Kevin Youkilis's foundation focuses on raising support and awareness for the health, advocacy, safety, and medical healing of children across Massachusetts, in his hometown of Cincinnati, and beyond.

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Kevin Youkilis has a special sensitivity about youth suicide, since his college roommate, a close and supportive friend of his since high school, committed suicide on Thanksgiving during his sophomore year.

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In February 2012, the Boston Herald reported that Kevin Youkilis was engaged to Julie Brady, the sister of National Football League quarterback Tom Brady.

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The episode was recorded at Boston's Eagle's Deli and featured Kevin Youkilis rooting against host Adam Richman in an eating challenge.

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