Today, July 12th, marks the year’s most boring day in sports. At this time of the year, the only sport “playing” is baseball and golf. The only story on SportsCenter seems to be the further investigation of the Sandusky trial and everything shocking and horrific that the convicted child molester did while under employment at Penn State. I avoid the news channels in favor of sports channels for two reasons: 1) I like sports more than politics. 2) Everything on the news is sooo depressing. Today, I could find no source of relief.
Video of Brewers’ Zach Greinke getting tossed after spiking the ball in response to an “out” call at first. Umpire decides the action warrants an ejection. What a joke.
Every year at All-Star selection time, there are lots of guys who don’t get invited to the party. The Bleacher Report has chosen each team’s most deserving non-All-Star. The Royals’ Zach Greinke and the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner—both on this list—are the year’s biggest snubs in my opinion.
Boston Red Sox corner infielder Kevin Youkilis was moved to the Chicago White Sox in return for utility man Brent Lillibridge and right-handed pitcher Zach Stewart this Sunday. Youkilis’s career is on the downswing as his age has begun to catch up with him. Plagued by injuries for most of his career, the three-time All-Star suffered yet another setback this May when a back ailment sidelined him for three weeks. Some players just get older faster, and Youk’s .258 average in 2011, the lowest of his career, may have marked the fan favorite’s demise. Playing in just 41 of Boston’s 72 games this season, he struggled to find the stroke that made him a formidable offensive weapon, hitting an anemic .225.
Red Sox head coach Bobby Valentine and Kevin Youkilis were publicly at odds with each other this year. Part of the issue stemmed from the young Boston phenom third baseman Will Middlebrooks and his impressive play. When Valentine informed Youkilis that he would lose playing time, Youkilis became frustrated with his suddenly diminished role.
It was good to see him go out on top, however, with much respect from the Red Sox fans. Youk got the start on Sunday, his last game. When he was replaced for a pinch runner, marking his exit from the game, the friendly confines of Fenway genuinely rose from their seats and gave the scrappy Youkilis a standing ovation. It was a move Red Sox fans did not wish for, but understood was necessary.
- ”G.J.” Vitale