Kevin Youkilis was looking for less drama than he had with the Red Sox.
So, naturally, he escaped to New York, the city that never sleeps, to play for the Yankees, the bull’s eye of baseball scrutiny, and replaced Alex Rodriguez, the biggest drama king in the game today.
In the belly of the beast, this ex-Red Sox has found his nirvana.
“As a player, you want to play baseball and you don’t want to deal with all the drama,” the clean-shaven Yankee sporting the black “Yankees Baseball” T-shirt said yesterday. “(Last season) I felt like I was part of the drama and I didn’t like that at all. I didn’t want to be a part of it anymore in that sense because I knew drama only hurts the team and we weren’t playing well. It kept continuing, unfortunately, for all the fans and the Red Sox. And it was tough for everyone.”
Especially so for Youkilis, who put up pale offensive numbers, got hurt early, watched Will Middlebrooks take over his position and then had his baseball manlihood questioned by his irrepressible and loose-lipped manager, Bobby Valentine.
By the time he was traded to the White Sox on June 24, he could barely wait to leave.
And now that he has teamed up with the Red Sox’ greatest rivals, he has, like a hermit who stumbled into some soundproof cave in the middle of Times Square, found peace, quiet and contentment.
Zen moments pop up when and where you least expect them.
“I actually thought things would be more strict here in a lot of ways; all I heard was the ‘Yankee Way’ but mainly it’s the haircut and facial hair, that’s about it,” said Youkilis, who was a scratch from yesterday’s game because of left oblique tightness that he and the Yankees do not believe is serious. “We’ve had media training, a sports psychology session, but we haven’t had meetings. Every day last year we’d go out and talk about something in Boston — here, we just go stretch and go. (Yankees manager) Joe (Girardi) will come around and talk to you, all the coaches — it’s pretty easygoing here. I thought it would be more strict on rules, but it’s not.’’
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Kevin Youkilis at peace as Yankee
Boston Herald | Feb 27