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Connelly’s Top Ten: Boston Sweats Youk

Kevin Youkilis (Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

1. Red Sox:

* Would you sign Middlebrooks to a five-year deal for $10,000,000 right now?
* Big Papi needs 162 hits for 2,000
* Jon Lester is on a pace to win 10 games – might be time to move him to Chicago
* Red Sox are second in runs in the MLB / first in doubles / last in triples / second to last in stolen bases
* What a beautiful day for baseball Sunday at Fenway
* Red Sox are 24th in ERA 4.31

2. About Youk…

* In this day and age, we were lucky to have a player who cared so much and tried so hard
* The grounds crew just let two workers go who were responsible for leaving speedy dri each inning around the position Youk was playing at
* Three time All Star / finished 3rd MVP in 2008
* Knocked in 115 runs one year / scored 100 runs one year / registered 306 total bases one year
* Won a Gold Glove in 2007 with zero errors
* Best line about Youk was by Terry Francona – “I walked by the shower and I can tell you – he is NO Greek God”
* Pitchers Youk hit over .350 against (minimum 15 at bats) – Halladay, Sabathia, Hendrickson, Robertson, Westbrook, JP Howell

3. Bruins Draft:

To think in the same week – the Bruins drafted PK Subban’s brother and were looking hard and long at Ulf Sammuelson’s son.

4. Most hits by a player under 30:

* Miguel Cabrera (29) – 1,684 (liver is older)
* Jose Reyes (29) – 1,376
* Robinson Cano – 1,343
* David Wright – 1,337
* Joe Mauer – 1,166

5. Sports Documentary:

Watched a documentary on Brandon High School, who won 459 consecutive wrestling matches over 34 years before its streak was snapped during the year the film was being completed

6. From Golf Digest – Top five actors that golf:

1. Jack Wagner
2. Lucas Black (Sling Blade / Friday Night Lights)
3. Billy Crudup
4. Craig T. Nelson (Coach)
5. Chris O’Donnell

7. Amazing Stats:

Celtic Gene Conley fouled out of 28 games out of the 235 he played in / Sam Jones five of 871 games

8. Old School:

Drew Bledsoe was 9-21 over his last 30 games with the Patriots

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Lets revisit the best cast in movie history – It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World:

* Three Stooges, Sid Cesar, Don Knotts, Jerry Lewis, Phil Silvers, Jonathan Winters, Milton Berle, Spencer Tracey, Ethel Mermen, Buddy Hackett, Mickey Rooney, Jim Backus, Peter Falk, Carl Reiner, Norman Fell, Buster Keaton, Jimmy Durante

10. Randomocity:

* Jonathan Papelbon paid Jim Thome $5,000 for saving his blow save – Thome has made $141,461,667 for his career – send Chinese Food to all the nurses and doctors at the local Children’s hospital
* The Capitals have to trade Alex Ovechkin
* Roger Clemens was wrongly accused of stealing the Lindberg baby
* LeBron – I can’t say anymore
* Still disappointed I didn’t see a hockey game in the Blackhawk stadium
* Excellent version of God Bless America at Fenway Sunday
* Enough with the stories and exposés on Title 9

About Michael

Lifelong Boston resident who finds equal enjoyment in celebrating the local team's success as I do complaining about their failures. I have been writing the Top Ten for the last decade as well as five sports books: 26 Miles to Boston, Rebound, The President's Team, The Great Book of Boston Sports Lists and NBA List Jam.

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3 comments for “Connelly’s Top Ten: Boston Sweats Youk”

  1. Title 9 was a real game changer for women and sports. Today, we have a major electronics manufacturer, (Panasonic) using the USA women’s soccer team as a model for toughness. I can’t imagine that happening without Title 9. If you’re not interested, then feel free to skip the stories. I think the stories are fascinating, and appreciate hearing more about women athletes.

    REPLY – MPC – I’m all for balanced allocation of resources but you would think its the anniversary of the English leaving Boston Harbor. SI did a full issue on it so didn’t ESPN magazine, etc, etc

    Posted by Alan | June 25, 2012, 8:47 am
  2. I couldn’t agree with you more on Title 9. I have 4 daughters and 5 sisters – all athletic, but I’m done hearing about it. The supporters of Title 9 are not willing to do the reasonable thing and carve out football from the compliance requirement. Football is unique in its numbers and cannot be replicated for women’s sports. They also refuse to allow for the inclusion of cheerleading – which is featured on Yahoo sports today, in fact, as having more injuries than all other women’s sports combined. Those girls are essentially gymnasts who compete for National Championships as well. Let them have scholarships and be counted.

    There should be some articles about all the men’s sports that have to be cut from colleges so that schools can comply with title 9 without killing football. Look at any school with a football program’s website and see the disparate list of women’s sports and men’s sports. BC used to have good lacrosse and wrestling etc., but they’re all gone now. Schools have to cut way back on resources for men’s sports to comply – then are forced to either kill the football program or concede that they aren’t going to be very competetive. BU and Northeastern are great local examples of Title 9 football casualties. BU was a national semifinalist, then part of the NCAA Div 1AA playoff the following year, then gone 2 years later.

    It’s great to give an opportunity to women to compete, but be reasonable about it.

    Posted by David H | June 25, 2012, 10:47 am
  3. Why these schools with billion dollar endowments and endless tax breaks would have to cut anything is beyond ones imagination.
    Providence Baseball is another casualty of Title 9.

    Posted by NoBama | June 25, 2012, 6:43 pm

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