Two World Series rings and a shiny new Gold Glove certainly command a raise -- both Kevin Youkilis and the Red Sox can agree on that much.
The Red Sox exchanged salary figures with Youkilis and reliever Kyle Snyder on Friday, while also agreeing with reliever Javier Lopez on a new one-year deal. Youkilis is asking for $3.7 million through arbitration -- which would represent a healthy raise over the $424,500 he made last season -- while the Red Sox have countered with an offer of $2.5 million, mlb.mlb.com reports.
Kevin Edmund Youkilis nicknamed "Youk" and "The Greek God of Walks," is an American Major League Baseball player who is known for his on base percentage greatly exceeding his batting average. Youkilis is a Gold Glove award winning first baseman and right-handed batter who plays for the Boston Red Sox. Although his family name is derived from the Greek culture, Youkilis is Jewish, of Romanian descent.
Prior to 2006, when he took over as the team's first baseman, he primarily played third base. He has also played second base and left field. The move paid off, as Youkilis was the only major leaguer with a 1.000 fielding average in 2007.
On June 25, 2007, Youkilis played in his 120th consecutive game at first base without an error, breaking the prior Red Sox record set in 1921 by Stuffy McInnis. On September 7, he played in his 179th consecutive game at first base without an error, which broke the prior American League record set in 1973 by Mike Hegan. Youkilis' streak at the end of the regular season was 190 games; while he was charged with a fielding error in the sixth inning of an October 16, 2007, playoff game against the Cleveland Indians, postseason games are not included in the record. Therefore, early in the 2008 season, Youkilis could break the Major League record of 193 consecutive error-free games, held by Steve Garvey.
Youkilis said, "I’m not worried about making the error. I’m worried about trying to help the team win and trying to get an out any way we can."
The choice of the city of Helsinki is not incidental as the capital of Finland had hosted US-Soviet negotiations on the limitation of nuclear stockpiles in 1969