Kevin Youkilis was a fixture and fan favorite for the Boston Red Sox since he was debuted on May 15, 2004 at age 25. Youkilis was an instrumental part of the Red Sox 2004 and 2007 World Series runs.
With the emergence of Red Sox prospect Will Middlebrooks at third base, Youkilis has been replaced. Middlebrooks was called up to fill in at third when ‘Youk’ was placed on the disabled list. Shortly after Youkilis returned, he was traded to the Chicago White Sox and Middlebrooks was given the role at the hot corner.
Seeing Youkilis in a White Sox uniform was obviously a different look for Red Sox fans, but it wasn’t so different that it turned heads. Youkilis finished the season with the White Sox and became a MLB free agent this past offseason.
In December of 2012, Red Sox Nation had their mouths hit the ground when the news broke that Youkilis had agreed to a deal with the New York Yankees to play third base. The deal is worth $12 million over one year.
Although Youkilis wasn’t the first Red Sox player to join the Yankees, it still saddened Red Sox fans in New England and nationwide.
The Greek God of Walks is at spring training with the Yankees in Tampa, Fla., and Red Sox Nation is getting their first look at Youkilis donning the Yankees pinstripes, the ‘NY’ on his ball cap, and sporting the number 36.
Additionally, as part of the Yankees’ team rules, Youkilis had to shave his iconic red facial hair. It’s an odd sight to see.
Youkilis didn’t make the trip from Tampa to Fort Myers when the Red Sox faced the Yankees during spring training, but playing in the same division means Red Sox fans will be able to see Youkilis in his Yankees uniform multiple times this season.