Exactly one year ago today, the Red Sox officially cut ties with long-time fan favorite Kevin Youkilis. He pulled off his Carmine Hose and donned Pale ones. The circumstances surrounding the deal seem trivial now—suffice it to say that things just soured between Youk and management. After a spate of success with Chicago, Youkilis regressed toward the prevailing mean: injuries and numbers well below his career norms. After joining the Empire this year, his mediocre play ended with season-ending back surgery. A year ago on this very website, we chronicled Youk's stay in Boston and concluded that it was nothing but overwhelmingly successful—for him and the team. We miss his grit and sweat and that oh-so-weird batting stance. He will always be one of us.