Youkilis talks about suspension
|08.12.09 at 6:29 pm ET|
Kevin Youkilis sat in the Red Sox dugout with about a half dozen children from his charity Hits for Kids before Wednesday’s game. He took the hardest question of the afternoon from one of the youngsters.
“Are you playing tonight?” asked the youngster. Youkilis explained that his five-game suspension stemming from last night’s brawl with rookie pitcher Rick Porcello prevented him from playing tonight and the next four games.
Youkilis then spoke to the media explaining his appeal of the suspension.
“Basically I left everything in the hands of the front office and Tito and whatever they thought was best for the team was good for me,” Youkilis said.
“I don’t really have an opinion on [the five games]. It is what it is and you just have to move forward. Hopefully these next couple days will be quick,” Youkilis added.
Youkilis hoped to just get the five games over with as soon as possible especially with the Red Sox current two-game win streak.
“I never thought basically that all this would come about but it is what it is and I have to deal with it,” Youkilis said. “[The suspension] will go quick and hopefully the guys pull together and stay on a nice little streak here.
Asked if he would do anything differently last night, Youkilis once again remarked he hoped his actions didn’t influence the kids.
“I don’t have any regrets other than, like I said before, about the kids. The kids I work with and my charity and just telling them it’s not the right thing to do. There comes a point in your life where it takes so much and when people don’t do things in the right manner you kind of get fed up with it and you have to do what you have to do in life to protect yourself. I take one ball in the eye or anything like that and my career could be over and I take a lot of pride in this career.
He went on to speak about the Sox as one of the teams that has hit the most opponents this season.
“I think we’re getting hit a lot too. I think I’m in the top five in getting hit by pitches. I don’t think there’s any complaint there. People want to say we’re hitting guys, I can’t say we’ve probably hit more opponents than I’ve been hit all year.
Youkilis didn’t have an answer as to why he is hit so often.
“The past few days there’s been a reason. I can’t say there’s always a reason. You sometimes get hit by pitches that are curveballs or sliders that hit you and there isn’t intent but sometimes there is intent. It’s unfortunate. It tends to happen more in the American League than the National League. That’s probably just how the game is. It probably won’t ever change in the American League.
As for getting hit because he is currenlty one of the top hitters on the team and in the League Youkilis was skeptical.
“I don’t know. It’s only my fourth season starting so I really haven’t been around more than some other players that have had some success. Derek Jeter and I always joke around about how much I get hit. If that was the correlation that’d be nice, I guess, because Derek Jeter is a pretty good player.
He said the argument that he leans over the plate doesn’t amount to why he is hit so often.
“I disagree with the whole I’m over the plate the whole time. When you’re taking the first pitch you’re just standing there, you’re not leaning into a pitch. When you’re diving you might get that sometimes but if you’re not diving I don’t know. Guys have to pitch inside and you’re going to get hit but to me it’s all about the timing and intent.
“I don’t think I’m surprised I got five. I think you can read into it why there’s only five. I’ve never done anything like this before and hopefully I never have to do it ever again.”
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