It started to leak online that Kevin Youkilis could find himself on NESN broadcasting some Boston Red Sox games in the New England market. It will be on a part-time basis if it happens. It is a fun opportunity for him as he looks to expand his media career.
Some people might remember the short stint that Youkilis had with the Chicago White Sox following parts of nine seasons with the Boston Red Sox. It was one of those situations where it was weird to see someone rocking a different uniform.
The 2012 season was one of the most interesting in White Sox history and he was a small part of it. Boston traded him to Chicago on June 24th, 2012 for Brent Lillibridge and Zach Stewart. The White Sox were in the middle of a pennant race that season.
They looked like they were going to win the AL Central in the weeks leading up to the end of the season but they let it slip away. Youkilis played in 80 games for them where he was a fairly productive hitter.
The Chicago White Sox had some good times with Kevin Youkilis in 2012.
He had a slash of .263/.346/.425 for an OPS of .771 with 15 home runs and 46 RBIs in those 80 games. It certainly wasn’t his fault that they fell short of making it to the playoffs. If anything, that trade was a major win for the Sox. They got some good production from Youkilis in a chase for a division title while Lillibridge and Steward didn’t do anything in their careers from that point on.
Youkilis’ career as a whole had many great moments. He is one of the better players to play for the Red Sox during the 2000s. He was a three-time All-Star, a two-time World Series champion, and a one-time Gold Glove winner. He even had one season where he came in third for the American League MVP and another where he came in sixth.
Following that short stint with the White Sox in 2012, he signed a one-year deal with the New York Yankees which had to be tough for Red Sox fans to see. He only appeared in 28 games for them and he didn’t have much success.
It is going to be cool to see him in the booth (if this actually goes down). He is definitely not a White Sox player that made a major impact over a long period of time but it was cool to have him there for half a season. Hopefully, he finds success in his new career path.