The Red Sox championships of 2004 and 2007 just got a little more distant today.
Kevin Youkilis is gone. He was traded to the White Sox shortly after the Red Sox defeated the Braves. He was given a hero’s salute by the Sox fans when he left the game via a pinch runner.
He deserved that send off.
He never looked like an athlete. But he played hard. He played well. He was the Greek God of Walks. He batted .500 in the 2007 ALCS and matched all sorts of single series marks.
He didn’t complain when Francona started Lowell and Ortiz over him in Games 3 and 4 of the 2007 World Series.
Like Nomar Garciaparra, his name became almost a rallying cry.
And also like Nomar, he was dealt to Chicago in mid season because it was time for a change in scenery.
Who know what Zach Stewart and Brent Lillibridge will bring to the Red Sox. Not much probably.
I for one am hoping that the White Sox do well and no doubt the fans in Chicago will embrace him at least for this season.
But since that last awful day in Baltimore last September, the Red Sox have said good bye to Francona, Epstein, Papelbon, Varitek, Wakefield and now Youkilis.
Consider my hat tipped, Mr. Youkilis. You were a great Red Sox champion.