Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 12/18/12
Kevin Youkilis received a standing 0vation when he returned to Fenway Park last season as a member of the Chicago White Sox. The next time he enters the friendly confines of Fenway, however, fans may not be so kind. Youkilis, the Yankee, is expecting some fans to boo. Any why wouldn’t they? Outside a few dozen expletive-laden phrases, “boo” is arguably the most popular word when it comes to the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, no matter who you are. Youk, who was a guest on the Hill-Man Morning Show on Tuesday, spoke about joining the other side of the rivalry and used it as an opportunity to tough on some big-picture issues. “In this day and age we’re living right now, with all the things around this world, we’re booing and getting so worked up about sports. Why is it so crazy in sports?” he asked. “This [Sandy Hook] tragedy happens, we have all of this craziness. People are going berserk over a sporting event. It’s wild. It’s wild to me how people can react and act with so much hate in sports. It’s supposed to be a release from your everyday life. “There’s a lot of problems in our society today,” he adds. “I feel like there’s a lot of hatred and a lot of bad things. It’s the way we treat people from the early-going as kids — but the kids only learn from adults. The adults are the ones that teach these kids hate. That’s why I say, at these Yankees games, Red Sox, there’s hate — there’s so much hate. We need to adjust the society and just love each other a little bit more each day. I don’t know if that will change the outcomes in life, but I think it will help.” Check out the interview below.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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