I don't know if it's in baseball, but he's going to make some money one of these days.  "I take no credit", said Cleary.  He was voted the top Jewish baseball player of the decade 2000–09 in online balloting, beating out Shawn Green and Braun. ", In 2009, Youkilis was 2nd in the AL in OBP (.413) and OPS (.961), 4th in hit by pitch (16), 5th in slugging percentage (.548), and batted .305 overall and .362 with runners in scoring position. Youkilis said, "I'm not worried about making the error. ", "In my religion, the Jewish religion, that's one of the biggest things that's taught, is giving a mitzvah, forming a mitzvah", said Youkilis. ", In 2009, Youkilis was 2nd in the AL in OBP (.413) and OPS (.961), 4th in hit by pitch (16), 5th in slugging percentage (.548), and batted .305 overall and .362 with runners in scoring position. 35 on the list. 38 in 2010, and No.
"I'd love to tell you I saw something no one else did, but he was just better than what we had.
, Still, in the World Series against Colorado, he did not start the team's away games. Mike Youkilis’s father, a jeweler, and his 10 siblings ultimately left Romania for the United States, all detouring first through Canada.  Through the 2010 season, his .294 batting average placed him 6th on the career all-time list (directly behind Phil Weintraub) for batting average by Jewish major leaguers, his 112 home runs placed him 8th (behind Braun), and his 470 RBIs placed him 9th (behind Ausmus).. The deal also included a team option (at $14 million, with a $1.25 million buyout) for 2013.
 He also reached base safely by hit or walk in 46 consecutive games (the third-longest such streak in the minor leagues). " He signed for a mere $12,000 signing bonus.  "Kevin would have played for a six-pack of beer", his father said.  Although the hit streak ended on June 2, he did walk three times in an 11–6 win over the Yankees.  He attended Sycamore High School in the northeastern suburbs of Cincinnati, where he played third base, shortstop, first base, and the outfield for the school team which won the Amateur Athletic Union National Championship in 1994, and he was the only player to homer off his future Red Sox teammate Aaron Cook in high school. He was the AL's starter at first base on the 2008 AL All-Star team that played the 79th Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium, voted in by the fans with 2,858,130 votes in his first year on the ballot. , In 2003, Youkilis started the season with the Portland Sea Dogs.  Of the players with 1,000 plate appearances in the AL over the 2008–09 seasons, none had a higher OPS than Youkilis (.960).  Twelve months after the Boston Herald article, the wedded Youkilises, along with their infant son, were featured in a 30-minute program on the YES Network.. I think the best thing about it is that it's playoff time, and adrenaline helps the most. On September 18, he fractured the tip of the ring finger of his right hand fielding a ground ball, and did not play again until October 2, the final day of the regular season. , "I've seen Youkilis in the shower, and I wouldn't call him the Greek god of anything. He knows his swing. "It's a great first year, a year you probably can't top.
, Youkilis (left) in Houston with then-teammate Dustin Pedroia, June 2008 2008 In 2007, Youkilis had earned $424,500, the fourth-lowest salary on the club. Youkilis said. , In the first inning of Game 1 of the ALDS against the Angels he hit his first post-season home run. , In February 2012, the Boston Herald reported that Youkilis was engaged to Julie Brady, the sister of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.  He hit his first home run as a member of the White Sox on July 3, against the Texas Rangers off of Roy Oswalt. "I was trying to make the team. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, he was drafted by the Red Sox in 2001, after playing college baseball at the University of Cincinnati.  Later that year, he was voted # 36 on the Sporting News list of the 50 greatest active baseball players, voted on by a panel that included members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.  He set UC career records for home runs (56), walks (206), slugging percentage (.627), and on-base percentage (.499) with a batting average of .366. Though Youkilis had not been popular with members of the Yankees and their fans, Robinson Canó and Alex Rodriguez publicly supported the signing, and Chamberlain reached out to Youkilis in an attempt to smooth over their past differences. Youkilis hit a triple in his last at bat, and received a long standing ovation while tipping his helmet to the crowd after being taken out for pinch runner Nick Punto. Youkilis then moved his off-season home to Arizona, and attended the Institute in the 2004–08 off seasons as well. 35 in 2011. , In February 2012, the Boston Herald reported that Youkilis was engaged to Julie Brady, the sister of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. 86 walks (against just 40 strikeouts), and a .953 OPS, and tied for third with 16 hit by pitch. You ... feel like there's somebody out there somewhere pushing balls out for you, and doing great things. " His .436 on-base percentage was the fifth-highest in the minors in 2002, and his 80 walks were seventh-most. ", Youkilis was selected the 2007 recipient of the Jackie Jensen Award for spirit and determination by the Boston BBWAA chapter. As Youkilis observed, "Fighting off pitches, fouling off pitches, laying off pitches, making it so the opposing pitcher can't breathe; that's my job. In the first inning of Game 1 of the ALDS against the Angels he hit his first post-season home run. "We had a lot of testosterone going tonight. , In an early June game at Fenway Park, one camera reportedly showed Manny Ramirez taking a swing at Youkilis, and the two had to be separated by teammates in the Red Sox dugout.
His defense at third base draws mixed reviews. Whether or not Youkilis becomes a TriBeCa habitué, he is almost certain to be in high demand from Jewish groups.  Youkilis became just the third modern major leaguer (since 1901) ever to bat over .300 with more than 100 RBIs during a season in which he spent at least 30 games at both first and third base; St. Louis' Albert Pujols (2001) and Cleveland's Al Rosen (1954) are the only other players to accomplish the feat. " Youkilis was named to the Sporting News' list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball, ranking No.  "This one will go down probably as the greatest day of my life", he said. ", On June 25, 2007, Youkilis played in his 120th consecutive game at first base without an error, breaking the prior Red Sox record set in 1921 by Stuffy McInnis. If he [were] in the draft this year, he'd be at least a sandwich pick, if not a first rounder. ), 8th in doubles (42) and batting average with runners in scoring position with two out (.375), 9th in walk percentage (13.8%), and 10th in times on base (259). On that score, Ryan Braun, the Milwaukee Brewers’ star outfielder, is not considered Jewish by some because while his father is Jewish and was born in Israel and lost family members in the Holocaust, his mother is Catholic.
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