Kevin Youkilis Creates Controversy

New New York Yankee third sacker Kevin Youkilis helped fill the Spring Training desire for something to write about yesterday in a brief interview with Wallace Matthews of

Among the other things that Youk said were:

“To negate all the years I played for the Boston Red Sox, and all the tradition, you look at all the stuff I have piled up at my house and to say I’d just throw it out the window, it’s not true.

“Those were great years in Boston. One bad half-year doesn’t take away from all the great years I had there.”

But to me, the most interesting thing that was written in the piece was this:

“I’ll always be a Red Sock.”

Now I’m not questioning the erstwhile Fenway sweat machine’s loyalty to his new club, I’m just wondering if we have reached the conclusion that a singular member of the Red Sox is a “Red Sock.”

Clearly ESPN feels comfortable with this term, using it both in the article and as their lead photo caption. On the other hand, in Ted Berg‘s article about the interview used the headline:

New Yankee Youkilis says he’ll ‘always be a Red Sox’

The Boston Herald buried the quote in their story, instead emphasizing the Youk/Joba Chamberlain feud, but wrote:

“I’ll always be a Red Sox. That’s part of your history, it’s part of your life.”

But, in the Boston Globe‘s baseball notes, they wrote:

“I’ll always be a Red Sock,” Youkilis told reporters in Tampa.

David Lennon for Newsday wrote a story with the headline:

Kevin Youkilis: Yankee now but Red Sock at heart

But, Mark Feinsand‘s story in the New York Daily News has the headline:

New Yankees third baseman Kevin Youkilis says he’ll always be a Boston Red Sox 

Andy McCullough in the Newark Star-Ledger uses:

“I’ll always be a Red Sock.”

Then, the site of the official broadcasting voice (and the unofficial PR site) for the Red Sox went with:

Kevin Youkilis Will ‘Always Be a Red Sox,’ Remembers His Time in Boston Fondly

The Wall St. Journal went with the headline:

Youkilis: ‘I’ll Always Be a Red Sock’

While fans who are looking for a revival of the great Boston/New York rivalry in the ALCS may have to wait a few years, today at least we can get impassioned about the Sox/Sock controversy.