Kevin Youkilis’ Fall From Grace: How Did We Get Here?

June 19, 2012 12:00 AM
Kevin Youkilis’ Fall From Grace: How Did We Get Here?
" BOSTON (CBS) — When Kevin Youkilis steps into the batter’s box at Fenway Park this week, he’ll hear the usual chorus of “Youuuuukkk” coming from the stands.

However, that deep bellowing from the 38,000 or so fans inside Fenway seems to be just about the only vocal support for the veteran Red Sox infielder these days, as everyone from sports radio callers to national analysts seems to have come to the same conclusion: The sooner the Red Sox part ways with Youkilis, the better.

How exactly did we get here?

Since 2006, Youkilis has been more than a fan favorite in Boston. He had come to represent everything any fan would ever want out of a major league ballplayer. He could hit for average and for power, he was willing to play any position the manager asked him to play, he worked through seemingly perpetual injury problems and he never took one pitch for granted in his entire career. Sure, he rubbed some people the wrong way for complaining with umpires too often, but most onlookers understood that such outbursts were the result of a guy who cared "

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