The Kevin Youkilis trade writing has been on the Red Sox clubhouse wall for several weeks now. On Sunday, Youkilis played in what appears to be his final game in a Boston uniform at Fenway Park. The Red Sox have reportedly dealt the third baseman to the Chicago White Sox.
Clubhouse source says Youkilis traded to White Sox. Nameplate is gone— Rob Bradford (@bradfo) June 24, 2012
In a bizarre and touching moment, Youkilis ended his Red Sox career with an RBI triple in the seventh inning. When he stood up, he was pulled for a pinch runner and walked off to applauding fans, who had to know what was going on. The Providence Journal's Brian MacPherson has great detail in this on-the-scene report:
Youkilis ripped off his helmet and pointed his fingers into the air, even blowing a kiss. It was a tribute to the fans who have showered him with cheers -- and "Yoooooooooouks" -- since he made his major-league debut in in 2004. He embraced Punto in the middle of the infield and then embraced a Dustin Pedroia-led horde of teammates at the top step of the dugout. After he'd disappeared into the dugout, Valentine was among those who motioned Youkilis back out onto the field. Home-plate umpire Al Porter obliged by calling for time, and Youkilis popped back out onto the field to a massive roar from the 37,000-plus in attendance. The Red Sox then played a short Youkilis highlight reel on the video board in center field after the inning ended.