It probably sounds ridiculous that a Red Sox fan would hate Kevin Youkilis. He was part of two World Series winning teams, he played 6 full seasons with the team, and was consistently good for 20 HR and 90 RBI.
He also played Gold Glove caliber defense at either 1st base or 3rd base, wherever he was needed.
He even played the outfield when he was asked to. He played hard, too. Almost too hard, which led to him breaking down a little earlier than expected. But when he was on the field, he played his heart out and did whatever it took to help the team.
On top of that, he was a damn good player, too. Yet I still never liked him all that much.
Maybe it was the ridiculous batting stance, where he would hold the bat over his head and point it at the pitcher, oddly rotating his hips as he barely even held the bat with his top hand.
Maybe it was the way he openly questioned Jacoby Ellsbury, a noticeably superior played, when Ellsbury was rehabbing an injury.
Maybe it's his enormous Leno-esque chin that he tries to keep not-so-subtly hidden under an equally ridiculous goatee.
Maybe it was his generally surly attitude towards the media.
No matter what it was, I was never totally sold on Youkilis. Based on his performance on the field and his willingness to do whatever the team wanted, he should have been one of my favorite players of all time. But he always took a backseat to guys like Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, and even clowns like Manny Ramirez.
Now, with Youkilis signing with the Yankees, I can finally hate him like I've always secretly wanted to.
I can revel every time he gets hit by a pitch. I can ridicule his batting stance, and criticize his high school and college hitting coaches, who should have fixed him when they had the chance. I can chuckle at his baldness. I can even tell jokes about his enormous chin, since the Yankees' clean-cut policy will force him to leave it out in the open for all to see.
Finally, I can hate Kevin Youkilis. And I've never been happier.