Alive and Kicking
Re-Tooled Red Sox Keep Hammering Away at Home
So Bobby V Takes a Swing at Youk and Creates a Firestorm
"The walks came yesterday and he's had a couple of big at-bats where he's really gotten into it. I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason... He'll be Youk before it's all over." -- Bobby V decides to take Kevin Youkilis out at the knees
"I know Youk plays as hard as anyone Iíve ever seen in my life and I have his back and his teammates have his back,íí Pedroia said. ďWe know how hard he plays. I donít really understand what Bobbyís trying to do, but thatís not the way we go about our stuff around here. Iím sure heíll figure that out soon. [Could this be a way to motivate someone?] Maybe in Japan or something, but over here in the US weíre on a three-game winning streak and we want to feel good and keep it rolling.
ďWe feel we have a good team and we just got to get each otherís backs and play together, because if we donít do that, I donít care what sport youíre playing, youíre not going to win. This game is hard and Youkís a great player and he works his butt off and we all know how hard he works.Ē-- Dustin Pedroia slamming Bobby after Bobby's slam on Youk
ďI answered the question, I think the question was, this is not Youk-like the way heís playing. Itís not Youk-like. I think that was the question I answered. I should have explained that his swing isnít what he wants it to be. The physical part of his swing is frustrating. Frustration leads to emotion. I havenít seen him break as many helmets as I saw him break on TV. So... it just seemed different. At the end of the thing I said I donít know what the reason is because I havenít been here long enough, why his swing isnít exactly the way he wants it to be and why heís not throwing as many helmets. I thought it was rather innocuous. As a matter of fact it seemed like they were trying to bang him and I started by saying how good his at-bats were that day, is two walks ...
Kevin came in this morning, I thought it was about his groin, but he asked me 'What's going on?.' People called him and said I said things he didn't like, I totally apologized. I said Jesus, the last thing in the world I want you to think is that Iím doing anything to criticize you. I told him I was just giving an answer to a question and I shouldíve been more specific ... I donít know if he accepted my apology, but it was very sincere. The last thing I wanted him to think that it was anything but an answer to a question that seemed to be jabbing at him.. ... I should have been more specific, your physical is about your swing, emotional is about not being happy when you don't hit a ball off the wall." -- Bobby V trying like heck to backtrack his way out of his Youk gaffe
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