Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Kevin Youkilis (pictured above) received a nice curtain call from Red Sox Nation on Sunday. Now he will take the field for baseball’s other Sox (Chicago).
By Josh Kramer
From one Sox to another Sox. Kevin Youkilis is now a member of the Chicago White Sox. This is a great transaction for both Sox involved. Boston rids themselves of a potential ongoing locker room problem (Youkilis/Valentine feud), and gives rising star Will Middlebrooks a chance to spread his wings. Chicago on the other hand gets a proven All-Star who can provide the team with a 3rd baseman who can indeed bat above the Mendoza line ( Orlando Hudson batting .194 and Brent Morel batting .177). Youkilis could even potentially bat over .300 (he has done this three times).
After a very successful 8.5 year stint in Boston, where Youkilis helped end the curse and bring Beantown two World Series, it was time to move on. The great thing is Boston has a solution in young stud Will Middlebrooks, while Chicago gets a guy who is only 33-years-old. The White Sox are looking to make a deep playoff run in the present. As much as Boston would like to be a playoff contender, they currently find themselves near the cellar of the AL East. It is hard to believe, but with the departure of Youkilis, Big Papi is the only member of the 2004 championship team still left in Beantown.
Chicago’s hitting has been good this year, but not great. Youkilis has the ability to provide the production out of the 3rd base position needed to help this team reach the next level. It is no secret that the AL Central is perhaps baseball’s weakest division. The White Sox have a golden opportunity to make postseason baseball this year. As we all know, anything can happen in October. Just ask Youkilis. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Ryan Harrison (left) and Ryan Sweeting (right) are two of the players expected to help revive American tennis.
By Toni Headley
Toni Headley is a tennis expert who worked at ESPN for 10 years and has been a freelance writer there for the past 2 years. She also previously worked at CBS Sports and has covered every major tennis tournament in the world multiple times.
As we leave Indian Wells, California for the Sony Ericsson Open, I ask myself if this will be the last time we see Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Andy Roddick, and James Blake playing here in Miami? With the slow decline of the Williams sisters, Roddick, and Blake due to injury and age, could we be witnessing the end of American tennis as we know it? All four players will be playing here in Miami, which starts in a little over a week. Continue reading
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Tagged Andy Roddick, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Christina McHale, Donald Young, Goran Ivanisevic, Indian Wells, Irina Falconi, James Blake, Jamie Hampton, John Isner, Justine Henin, Mardy Fish, Patrick McEnroe, Richard Krajicek, Ryan Harrison, Ryan Sweeting, Sam Querrey, Serena Williams, Sloane Stephens, Sony Ericsson Open, US Open, USTA, Vania King, Varvara Lepchenko, Venus Williams, Wimbledon