Kevin Youkilis was first announced. I've seen every comment ever written about Youk and it's hilarious just how insane this Yankees-Red Sox rivalry is.
Red Sox fans have resorted to calling this guy "trash" and a "traitor".
Yankee fans are split. Many like the move, some hate it, others aren't
sure. Some call him "old" and hope he doesn't get hurt. Still others
are happy we filled the hole at third and can now concentrate on the catching position. Me? I welcome Youk. Was he our best option at $12
million? Well... Yes, actually, now at least after all the other options passed us by.
Eric Chavez, but there were reasons why we
didn't. For one, the rumor is he lives in Phoenix and wanted to be close
to his family during the season. Hey, I'm a family man, that makes
perfect sense to me. Secondly, Chavez can not play the hot corner everyday like he used to. Sure,
he's a former Gold Glover, but who honestly knows how long Alex Rodriguez will be out with his surgery and recovery in 2013. It's risky putting
Chavez at 3rd every day until Alex comes back.
Finally, the Yankees didn't want him, because if they did, they would have
signed him at $3 million (Read HERE.) That's a helluva lot cheaper than $12 million.
You know what I mean? Look, based on that Wall Street Journal piece last
week (HERE), it makes perfect sense to me now why the Yankees seemed to be
late to the party and signed Youk so late. And hey, do not be shocked
if the Yanks don't upgrade the catching role either. There have been
rumblings that Cashman has no intention of doing so, which means guys
like Francisco Cervelli, Chris Stewart and Austin Romine may be our guys
behind the plate in 2013.
But back to Youkilis for a second. To all the Yankee fans that can't comprehend what has happened to the Yankees signing a guy like ex-Red Sox player Kevin Youkilis, know this, Youk plays hard and he always has. Youk may not be a Yankee yet in you mind, and true, he'll need to earn it, but I believe he will. Youk's a gamer, and one thing you need to understand, and just like Chavez before him... Youk knows his role and will perform. I believe that. I was speaking to someone on Twitter the other day and he wrote this:
Sparky Lyle and Wade Boggs and Roger Clemens before him... we will fall in love with this guy when he does what the Yankees have always done... Win!
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