Youkilis: Losing Bay 'going to be tough' for Sox

December, 30, 2009

Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis told reporters on Tuesday night that losing left fielder Jason Bay was "definitely going to be tough for all of us'' but thought there was "still a lot of thunder" in the Red Sox lineup.

Speaking to reporters at the Lowell Spinners alumni dinner hours after news broke that Bay would join the Mets, Youkilis lamented seeing "a close friend" move to another team.

"But it's a business, things happen," Youkilis said, according to reports. "It's one of those business moves on each side. It just didn't work out right. I wish him the best in New York. Hopefully we get to see him in the World Series.''

Even after signing pitcher John Lackey to a big contract and bringing in outfielder Mike Cameron, the Red Sox had been rumored to still have been in contact with Bay. Nevertheless, Youkilis was not optimistic that Bay would return.

"I knew what was going on just by talking to [Bay]," Youkilis said. "You're never surprised in this game."

Despite losing Bay's bat, Youkilis said he was confident in the Red Sox lineup and emphasized the improvement of the pitching staff.

"I think we've got a great team,'' Youkilis said, according to reports. "I think we have a good offense, but picking up John Lackey was huge, where you don't allow as many runs so the offense doesn't have to be as great when you have great pitching. Great pitching always wins championships. For us, hopefully we've got six starting pitchers again, so if all can stay healthy, who knows what's going to happen?

"It just depends on how all the [offensive] guys adapt to it, but I think there's still a lot of thunder there.''



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