Kevin Youkilis has signed a one-year contract with the New York Yankees worth $12 million.
Say it ain't so.
He will play third in the absence of Alex Rodriguez who will miss much of the 2013 season due to hip surgery.
Youk had a tumultuous 2012 season. He and Bobby Valentine simply did not click. Bobby V. did not endear himself to his players nor Red Sox Nation when he questioned Youk's hustle.
In his final appearance with the Sox on June 24th, Youk hit a triple and left the game to a standing ovation. Following the game, he was traded to the Chicago White Sox. Shortly thereafter, Youk returned to Fenway in pale Sox and earned standing ovation after standing ovation. Youk had a productive tenure with the Chisox but they faded in the last two weeks of the season and missed the playoffs. The White Sox subsequently declined the option on his contract which was worth $13 million.
Yet it must be remembered the Youk trade even became political fodder when President Obama made the mistake of telling a crowd of supporters at Boston's Symphony Hall, "Thanks for Youkilis." White House Press Secretary Jay Carney insisted that the Boston faithful were chanting "Youkkkk". Um, no.
Well, the "Youkkkks" will turn to "Youkkkk suck" when Youk shows up at Fenway in a Yankee uniform. Strangely, the Yankees don't make their first visit to Fenway after the 2013 All-Star Game. Well, it'll make things that much more dramatic.
Is it possible that Youkilis is the Yankees' first Jewish player since Ken Holtzman?