Found February 17, 2013 on Boston Sports Then & Now:
Right back at you, Kevin! “I’ll always be a Red Sock. To negate all the years I played for the Boston Red Sox, and all the tradition, you look at all the stuff I have piled up at my house and to say I’d just throw it out the window, it’s not true. Those were great years in Boston. One bad half-year doesn’t take away from all the great years I had there.” – Kevin Youkilis To be fair, Kevin Youkilis wasn’t completely lying when he made this statement last week to reporters before the start of spring training with the Yankees. Everything he did in Boston was great. He won two titles, he won a gold glove and he should have won an MVP award in 2008. As Red Sox fans, we cannot ignore these things because they are major moments in Red Sox history and the way things ended last year for Youk shouldn’t take away from what he accomplished here for eight seasons. However, there is one small statement made by Youk that is not OK and is not completely true. After the jump you will find a letter I wrote to Kevin Youkilis (and no I did not really send this because I hate him and I see Youk as a waste of time). Dear Kevin, Keanu, we may be onto something. I want to start by saying thank you for everything you did for the city of Boston and Red Sox nation for eight amazing seasons. You helped this team win world series championships and your defense was nothing short of spectacular during your days at Fenway Park. I am not bitter about you leaving Boston and moving on to play in Chicago last season. You and Bobby V clearly had issues with each other and with Will Middlebrooks being an up and coming star, there really was no true fit for you in Boston anymore. You have to respect that and as a professional I am sure you do. Here is where I am a tad bit upset with you, and by a tad bit I mean I am pretty pissed. You, my friend, cannot say you will always be a “Red Sock”. If you are reading this asking why, you are just being ignorant and the answer is simple: you play for the New York effing Yankees. You have done something that very few true “Red Socks” have ever decided to do. You have officially gone to the dark side and that eliminates you from any chance at always being a Red Sock. The only way that this is alright is if you are going to New York to sabotage the Yankee organization. I think every single person in Red Sox nation would respect the hell out of that. Take your stupid batting stance and never come back. But, that isn’t your reasoning, you wanted to go somewhere and win. Could you honestly ever imagine someone who was as big of a face in the Red Sox organization just going to play for the enemy? And yes, Johnny Damon did it but he throws like a girl so we don’t care. Pedro would never do it. Nomar would never do it. Pedroia would never do it. None of the stars to come through Fenway would ever do it. Except you. You could have died a hero but instead you chose live long enough to see yourself become the villain (like my Batman reference?). Please Mr. Youkilis, for everyone in Red Sox nation’s sake, put a sock in it and don’t mention something like this ever again. You have lost our respect and should forever be booed and heckled at Fenway Park. Sincerely, Joe Goldstein   Wow, that felt good. I encourage all of you to write some kind of letter or journal entry like this when you feel betrayed by a player like Youk. It is a great way to get things off your chest and it is a lot of fun!
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