Pedroia On Youkilis’ Return To Fenway: ‘It’s Going To Be Weird’

July 16, 2012 12:00 AM
Pedroia On Youkilis’ Return To Fenway: ‘It’s Going To Be Weird’
" BOSTON (CBS) – Kevin Youkilis is returning to Boston on Monday for the first time since being traded to the Chicago White Sox on June 24.

For his former Red Sox teammates, it will be a strange feeling to see Youk wearing different color socks.

“It will always feel like he’s a part of us,” second baseman Dustin Pedroia said Sunday. “He’d been here for a long time; it’s going to be weird seeing him in another uni.”

It’s been three weeks since Youkilis was sent out-of-town, and the third baseman has enjoyed quite a bit of success in Chicago. In 16 games, he is hitting .295 with three homers and 15 RBI. Chicago is 11-5 since making the trade.

But Youk’s success is nothing Pedroia didn’t see coming.

“He’s a great player. We knew it was only a matter of time when he got on the field consistently that he would perform well,” said Pedroia. “It’s tough that he’s doing it in the American League, especially for a team that is in first place. If we get there, we have a chance to play them "

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