Kevin Youkilis didn't have exactly the best of debuts with the White Sox last night, going 1-4 in a loss to the Minnesota Twins.
The lineup card at the beginning of the game should have been an omen.
The White Sox spelled Kevin Youkilis' last name as "Youklis". The White Sox however got the name on his jersey correct and even got his old number 20 back from outfielder Jordan Danks. Danks was told after the Youkilis trade that, "you're not 20 anymore."
Here's to better days ahead in the Windy City, Youk.
An another year is about to pass and with it we wax poetic on the year in sports. The entry will start our "Year in Review" leading up to the new year. Today we talk about the odd and quirky moments in sports for the 2011 year. So without further ado, here we go.
I have been a big Eric Brynes fan for quite sometime. He is energetic, crazy, and just a spark plug wherever he goes. So when he demonstrated how to plow over a player on MLB Network, you had to expect this...
I guess the only way the CFL is going to make news in the US is when two 70 year olds slug it out on stage. Joe Kapp and Angelo Mosca have had a feud since the 1963 Grey Cup when Mosca knocked out Kapp's teammate in a controversial hit. 48 years later, Mosca attempted to deliver an olive branch to Kapp and Kapp showed Mosca where to stick it.
After a win against the Minnesota Wild, Flames captain Jarome Iginla was doing his normal post-game interviews from the locker room when he received a vague question from a reporter, who I assume is filling in for a normal sports reporter. The question was, "setting up the play". Fast forward to about the 2:20 mark for the question and response to perhaps one of the worst question asked in sports (outside of Super Bowl Media Day).
Minnesota Twins outfielder Ben Revere ripped a ball down the right field line against the Kansas City Royals and appeared on his way to an easy triple. Until he stumbled between second and third. Most players would have retreated back to second and have been content with a double, but not Revere. Revere not only stuck the landing, but made it into third with a triple in perhaps the most unintentional play of the year.
As a fan of the Red Sox, I watch NESN all the time for games. I'm a HUGE fan of Jerry Remy and Don Orsillo. They have great chemistry and make the game enjoyable to watch even when it is a blowout. They riff on random things from pop culture to solar eclipses (the sun does not go in front of the moon, Don). This moment starts off innocent enough until one fan gets a little too intimate with his lady friend.
I'm sure there is more moments, but I can't type forever. If you have one that you think is worthy comment below and here's to more odd moments in 2012.
With the 2011 Major League Baseball season winding down we are now left to face a long, cold winter. With the long winter comes the MLB Free Agency season and one team in particular, the Boston Red Sox, have some holes to fill and a lot of question marks. Here are just some of the names I believe Ben Cherington and the Red Sox brass should take a look at:
The Red Sox have a huge need when it comes to starting pitching. John Lackey is very inconsistent and Red Sox Nation's patience has grown thin and Daisuke Matsuzaka probably not coming back, it just makes sense to look at Buehrle. Mark Buehrle has been a consistent pitcher for the Chicago White Sox and has never missed a start since his career began back in 2001. This is in contrast to Lackey, Beckett, Buchholz, and Dice-K who seemingly miss starts. Buehrle is a great southpaw and would give Boston a great 1-2 punch with Jon Lester. Mark Buehrle also is the only pitcher in history to throw multiple no-hitters and win multiple Gold Gloves.
The Red Sox need a right fielder. Bad. J.D. Drew just is cutting it and is likely gone. Jason Kubel seems to be a good fit and would be considerably cheaper than Carl Crawford. Kubel is a left handed bat and, although not a power hitter, would enjoy the confines of Fenway Park. Right field at Fenway is 302 down the line and Kubel could easily increase his home run totals.
The Sox bullpen, while improved from 2010, still needs help. Jonathan Broxton might be that answer. Broxton seemed to have lost his touch in 2011 losing his closer's role, but could help Daniel Bard bridge the gap between starter to Papelbon (or whoever is the closer). If Papelbon leaves town, Broxton could be a closer considering Daniel Bard's breakdown down the stretch and inexperience at closing so you need some veterans in that bullpen. Broxton should be looked at.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a better than expected season in Boston, but is he really the answer? Ryan Doumit, while not fantastic behind the plate, could be a great compliment to Salty. Doumit is durable for a catcher too. He has played in right field and first base in the past for the Pirates. Saltalamacchia and Doumit could make a solid catching tandem, not fantastic, but just enough to get by.
This is a long shot, but the Sox could use Fielder if Big Papi leaves. Ortiz has stated that the drama in Boston has gotten to be too much and could leave Boston. That would open the door for Prince Fielder. However, Fielder would almost certainly have to play Designated Hitter with Adrian Gonzalez at first base and being a better defensive player. Fielder is younger than Pujols and will cost less money, but the Sox have that money? I don't think the Red Sox will sign him but they should at least kick the tires.
That is just some of the names I think Boston should go after. Ben Cherington has a tough task in front of him, but I think he will make some good moves and improve from last year. First and foremost, he needs to re-sign Ortiz and Papelbon. If not it will be that much harder to fill those gaps left in their wake.