Posts Tagged ‘Kevin Youkilis’

Historic Anemia

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

It’s one thing to lose a few games in a row over the course of the season. It’s quite another to be the loser in a four-game sweep by the Mets for the first time ever. The indignity.

As I wrote in the last post, it seems our merry band of castoffs have been playing over their heads and they’ve petered out offensively. Wells and Ichiro, while good defenders, have reverted back to the players they were before they put on the pinstripes, and nobody else has picked up the slack. Not consistently.

It’s a shame too, because aside from Phelps last night, the pitching has been great. But what good is pitching if you can’t score and that’s what ails this team right now.

Can Tex and Youk make a difference? They’re coming off injuries and rust. I wouldn’t count on them to be our saviors. Not yet. But their presence in the lineup could be a confidence boost for the others.

We’ll see. I wish I could write something cheery, but I miss Jeter and Granderson and Cervelli. I even miss the A-Rod who didn’t go to anti-aging clinics. I miss winning. It hasn’t been that long since the Yanks posted a “W,” but it sure feels that way right now.

 

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A House Of Horrors Yet Again

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

You’d think the Yankees would like playing at the Trop. It’s close to their own stadium in Tampa. The weather is predictable. They have a lot of fans in FL who turn out to cheer for them. So what’s the problem?

CC, in particular, seems to go stir bugs when he pitches there. He sure was awful in those early innings tonight. I was late getting the game on and we were down 5-0 already. Supposedly, he couldn’t find the plate. Why? Do they make home plate smaller at the Trop? Nooo, so he needs to snap out of it because we face the Rays 1,000 more times this season. He did settle down though and gave the Yankees plenty of chances to score runs and make a comeback.

Sadly, the Rays have another great young pitcher – all those draft picks, all that talent – and our bats were silenced, Cano’s homer aside.

I’m not even going to bring up the report about Cano’s connection to Biogeneis or his assistant’s connection to it, except to say I must be the only human being on the planet who didn’t visit that place. I’m not going to bring up Youkilis’ balky back either, except to say we already have a creaky third baseman and we need one that’s healthy.

 

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Another, Even Better Janer. Seriously!

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

And we all said the Yankees would have trouble scoring runs this season. Ha. Of course, they weren’t exactly facing the best pitchers in the majors tonight against Cleveland, but if hitting is contagious the Yankees have all caught the bug. What fun!

First there was small ball and then there was big ball and then there was just a lot of offense, period.

And Andy. Wow. There aren’t enough superlatives for him. He continues to deliver just the way he always has, and I hope he never retires.

My problem with this game was Carrasco, the Indians starter. The guy has a history of being a head hunter, sort of a younger Padilla, and I was completely in agreement with the ump who ejected him for hitting Youkilis. Francona argued and I get that, but Carrasco is just back from serving a suspension for the same offense. There’s no place in the sport for punks like him and I was grateful that he was gone – especially when the Yanks were able to feast on Myers.

Back to the good stuff, it was great to see Gardner, in particular, hit the ball so well. We need him to be productive at the top of the order, and that’s what he was tonight.

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Love These Pics

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Thanks to Sweeny Murti at WFAN for tweeting these before today’s exhibition game at West Point.

Here’s Andy with the cadets….

And Youkilis and Joba with the cadets – sitting at the same table! They must not hate each other after all. Now if only Joba would ditch the mustache….

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Youk Is Hitting, People!

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

AP/BLS Illustration/Yahoo Sports

Kevin Youkilis had another homer today (call me crazy, but I do love homers) and has gotten his batting average up. Which raises a crucial question: what will be John Sterling’s home run call for Youkilis?

The It Is High blog has some suggestions:

  • That one is Kevin-sent!
  • It had to be Youk!
  • It’s a nuke… from Youk!
  • A Greek kiss from Youkilis!
  • Youkilis, take a look at this!
  • A bazooka from Youka!
  • Youktacular!
  • Youk, you’re no mook!
  • Youk can’t keep a good man down!
  • Youkilis that one goodbye.

Not bad, right? Knowing Sterling though, it’ll have something to do with Broadway or music, and that means the word ukelele (as in Youkelele) might figure into the decision.

 

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New Comedy? Bromance? Happy Ever After?

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

I bet they’ll be buddies, never mind compatible teammates. The past stuff is irrelevant now.

Meanwhile, it looks like Ichiro will be back with us, which I’m actually happy about. I was not in the camp that wanted Josh Hamilton. At all.

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This

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Photo: Robert Rogers/MLB Via Getty Images

So…what does everybody think? Personally, I’m excited about Youkilis shaving the beard and putting on the pinstripes. I think he’ll have a bounce-back year and help the Yanks. Remember how we changed our minds about Damon? It could happen again….

 

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Uh-oh, Nova. KO’d Again.

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

I’m not sorry I missed seeing Ivan Nova get hammered by Kevin Youkilis’ grand slam tonight. I didn’t see most of the game, first because I was with Friend of the Blog Audrey and her husband Larry, who drove up to Santa Barbara during their west coast trip and honored us with a visit (and brought some delicious chocolate truffles) and then because I had a dinner date at a local restaurant. So I saw highlights (or, more appropriately, low lights) when I got home. What a bummer. Thank God the Rays lost.

So. Is Nova no longer good? No longer a winner? No longer a starter we would trust in the playoffs? I’d feel better if he merely threw a couple of bad pitches tonight, but the fact is he’s been trending downward for awhile. He’s shown glimpses of his former glory but glimpses aren’t good enough in September and we’re almost there.

As for Derek Lowe, I think we’re seeing why he was dumped by the Indians. Enough said.

I loved that Jeter got us off to another early lead, but what’s going on with Cano? He’s been invisible, offensively, and we need him to be the Cano of last season.

But I don’t mean to sound so negative. The Yankees are in first place in the AL East – a very nice place to be. They’re not playing well right now, that’s all. Maybe they’re allergic to Chicago. Maybe they’re saving their talents for games against division rivals. Maybe they’re waiting for CC to come back.

Salvaging tomorrow’s finale would be very much appreciated.

 

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A Laugher!

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Okay, it wasn’t really a laugher. I was just dying to use the laughing lady again. But whenever the Yankees score 10 runs or more, I do get excited.

Anyhow, Nova was great at limiting damage. Yes, he gave up some runs, but he always seemed in command.

Loved the expression on Torii Hunter’s face when Ibanez’s homer sailed over his head. He was standing there going, “Whaaaaat was that?”

Loved the offense from the middle of the order – particularly their ability to move runners over. Yay, RISP.

Loved the continued hot bat of Jeter.

Loved the fact that Cano and Tex each stole a base.

Loved the way Robertson put out the fire Soriano started. But I have no idea why Girardi brought him back out for the eighth with a nice lead. Shouldn’t he have been saved for the rest of the week?

I even loved (okay, liked) the ESPN guys. They had such complimentary things to say about the Yankees for a change.

The icing on tonight’s cake was the item on Boston.com about Bobby Valentine and Kevin Youkilis. Apparently, Bobby was on the radio, speaking out of school, so to speak. Uh-oh.

Valentine: Youkilis not as much into the game

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff April 15, 2012 10:24 PM

By Peter Abraham, Globe Staff

This is sure to cause some issues.

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was on WHDH’s Sports Xtra show Sunday night and said this about Kevin Youkilis:

“I don’t think he’s as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason. But [on Saturday] it seemed, you know, he’s seeing the ball well, got those two walks, got his on-base percentage up higher than his batting average, which is always a good thing, and he’ll move on from there.”

Youkilis is hitting .200/.265/.233 in the eight games he has played. But the remark seems curiously timed given that he is 6 of 18 with three walks in his last five games.

Youkilis was hampered by injuries in 2010 and 2011. But when he was healthy in 2010, he posted a career-best .975 OPS.

Youkilis, who turned 33 in March, is engaged to marry Julie Brady, the sister of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

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Those Red Sox People Are So Amusing

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Here’s the headline that generated my laughter today.

2011 Red Sox Will Challenge 1927 Yankees for Title of Greatest Team in Major League History

It was from a blog on NESN that was brought to my attention by Paul Lebowitz’s blog earlier. Now don’t get me wrong; the Red Sox made terrific deals to upgrade their team this off-season, and my Red Sox fan friends (yes, I do have a few) are rightfully delirious with their shiny new acquisitions, just as we were when CC, AJ and Tex landed in our laps. But “the greatest team in major league history?”

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That’s just plain hilarious. For starters, I wouldn’t be caught dead writing a headline like that, given how superstitious I am. (Talk about a jinx.) For another thing, isn’t it a little nutty to make such a grandiose prediction this early, particularly after 2010 when the Red Sox were supposed to be locked and loaded and instead ended up sending everybody to the DL? And finally, the author of this masterpiece decided to compare the 2011 Red Sox with the 1927 Yankees?

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There’s a reason the ’27 Yanks were called “Murderers’ Row.” (And it wasn’t because they had a bunch of murderers on the team, which reminds me: Did everyone read about O’s pitcher Simon? Allegedly, he shot and killed a guy in the Dominican over the weekend and wounded another. I hate when that happens.) Babe Ruth hit 60 homers that year and Gehrig 47, and the others in the lineup were no slouches, either. The team dominated, absolutely dominated. So my question is this…Will the 2011 Red Sox dominate in the same way? Can any team dominate in the same way, given the competition these days? And who would comprise Boston’s Murderers’ Row? Crawford and Gonzalez are really good but are they Ruth and Gehrig? Are Pedroia and Youkilis? No doubt they’ll all score a ton of runs, but I’m just not ready to anoint them as the “greatest team in major league history.” That’s like saying the chicken and barley stew I made last night was the “greatest comfort food in culinary history.” I mean, it was excellent, if I do say so myself, but….Well, you get my drift.

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