Youk: I can't thank Boston fans enough

June, 25, 2012
Kevin Youkilis, who is playing third base and batting second for the White Sox in Minnesota, took the high road when asked by reporters before the game about his relationship with Bobby Valentine.

"I'm not going to discuss that. We're past that, I'm here and that's that. We're just leaving it behind," he said.

[+] EnlargeKevin Youkilis
Jesse Johnson/US PresswireKevin Youkilis batted second and played third base in his debut with the White Sox.
Youkilis called his exit from Sunday's game, when he was lifted for a pinch-runner after a triple and took a curtain call at Fenway Park, "probably the most emotional thing I've ever gone through on a baseball field."

"It was definitely very surreal, and hit me like a ton of bricks when I got pinch-ran for," Youkilis said. "It was a great send-off. The Red Sox fans were unbelievable. They've always been unbelievable to me. I can't thank them enough for all the great years I had there, how they treated my family and friends. A lot of great memories."

Youkilis said he had been told by Red Sox management that trade talks were heating up in the days before the deal.

"It definitely was not an easy time for me," he said. "It was tough for my family, to try to figure out where we're going. But it's a great thing to be in a great city in Chicago. I'm very fortunate to play for two baseball teams that have such storied franchises."

Youkilis acknowledged his performance this season was not up to his standards.

"I started out really cold and haven't been playing to my capabilities. It was very frustrating. I wasn't playing good baseball. I was inconsistent and my playing time was back and forth. It wasn't the way I was accustomed to playing."

But that doesn't mean he thinks he's done.

"There's a lot of talk, saying, 'You can't play baseball anymore.' I think I can," he said. "I think I can play at a high level and I think I can go out there. Talk is one thing, and I'm going to have to go out there and prove it with my actions."



You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?