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Kevin Youkilis at bat – 2011 MLB All-Star Game
We attended the 2011 MLB All-Star Game at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.
Kevin Youkilis – recognized as Youk – "is an American expert baseball player with the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, he was drafted by the Red Sox in 2001 soon after playing college baseball at the University of Cincinnati."
The Youkilis loved ones name has an unusual history.[eight] His Jewish wonderful-excellent-excellent-grandfather, a native of 19th-century Romania, moved to Greece at the age of 16 to stay away from conscription at the hands of the notoriously anti-Semitic Cossacks.[eight] He became homesick, even so, and returned to Romania right after a couple of years, despite the fact that he changed his surname from "Weiner" to the Greek name, "Youkilis", to steer clear of army and jail.[eight]
"People have come up to me and starting speaking Greek to me and I never speak it," Youkilis stated. "I feel bad. Ever given that I was in Lowell (Class A), individuals have thought I was Greek. People shout at me, ‘I’m Greek, you happen to be Greek.’ But I’m not."
Youkilis is the son of a Romanian Jewish jewelry wholesaler,
On August 8, 2005, even though playing for the Red Sox, Youkilis took the field in the 9th inning along with Adam Stern and Gabe Kapler, setting a "record" for the most Jewish players on the field at one particular time in AL history, and the most in Significant League Baseball history because four Jewish players took the field for the New York Giants in a game in 1941.
Youkilis was featured in the 2008 Hank Greenberg 75th Anniversary edition of Jewish Key Leaguers Baseball Cards, published in affiliation with Fleer Trading Cards and the American Jewish Historical Society, commemorating the Jewish Key Leaguers from 1871 by way of 2008. He joined, among other Jewish significant leaguers, Ryan Braun, Brad Ausmus, Ian Kinsler, Brian Horwitz, Gabe Kapler, Jason Marquis, Jason Hirsh, John Grabow, Craig Breslow, and Scott Schoeneweis.
He was 1 of three Jewish players in the 2008 All-Star Game, joining Braun and Kinsler, and a single of three Jewish players on the Group USA 2009 World Baseball Classic group, joining Braun and Grabow. Kinsler says that "Youkilis constantly says something to me on the bases. ‘Happy Passover,’ he’ll throw some thing at me."
Youkilis was named the Jewish MVP for 2008, beating out fellow All-Stars Braun and Kinsler. He was voted the top Jewish baseball player of the decade 2000–09 in on-line balloting, beating out Shawn Green and Braun. By means of the 2010 season, his .294 batting typical placed him 6th on the profession all-time list (directly behind Phil Weintraub) for batting average by Jewish main leaguers, his 112 home runs placed him 8th (behind Braun), and his 470 RBIs placed him 9th (behind Ausmus).
In Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story, a 2010 documentary film narrated by Dustin Hoffman, Youkilis noted:
It is one thing that I almost certainly won’t comprehend until my career is more than, how several men and women are really rooting for me and cheering for me. And it’s not just simply because I went three-for-four, or had a wonderful game. It is just the fact that I represent a lot of Jewish men and women and a lot of the Jewish heritage, and the struggles that a lot of our individuals have had.
By Al_HikesAZ on 2011-07-12 19:40:29