June 25, 2012

On Baseball: A fitting send-off from Fenway faithful

It's been a tough season for Kevin Youkilis, but he went out the right way.

By Kevin Thomas kthomas@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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"He pushed me every day. I wanted to go out there and play hard, just like he does."

Cody Ross eventually got his turn to hug Youkilis.

"It brought a tear to my eye, that's for sure," Ross said. "He had some tears in his eyes.

"I got goose bumps. It was a special time. I know how much he means to this city."

As for the man who is replacing Youkilis, Middlebrooks said little. Sunday was a big moment for him -- the day the Red Sox officially handed him the starting third baseman's job. But he knew better than to gloat.

After the game, before the trade was officially announced, Middlebrooks had little comment: "I don't know. Nothing's final. I'm approaching every day like I have been."

But Middlebrooks did praise Youkilis for his role as a mentor.

"Words can't explain it," Middlebrooks said. "He's taken me under his wing and showed me the ways, and really made me feel comfortable."

It was a good day for Middlebrooks, and maybe a good day for Youkilis, too. He will get a chance to play in Chicago, and his legacy is secure here.

And the Fenway crowd has not seen the last of Youkilis. The White Sox play a four-game series in Boston July 16-19.

Pedroia reminded Youkilis of that as they hugged.

"I just said I loved him and I'll see him in July," Pedroia said.

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