Kevin Youkilis played his final game with the Red Sox yesterday. He got a pair of hits, including a triple, made some nice defensive plays at third base and left the game to a thunderous and emotional standing ovation.
Do not be fooled by the day's events. This was not a graceful exit by Youk. This was a farewell filled with anger, a sense of betrayal and pettiness from the organization.
Or as the Red Sox call it, "Business as usual."
The Red Sox like to portray themselves as warm and cozy as Fenway Park. In truth, they have been heartless and callous with many beloved players for several generations. Remember how many Red Sox legends failed to show up at the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park?
About a month ago, I created the All Ungrateful Exit Red Sox team, a 25-man roster of players who left the team in a huff and with a chip on their shoulder.
Now it is updated to include Youkilis.
There's a starting player at each position, a five-man rotation, a five-man bullpen and a six-player bench. Also, there's a coaching staff and front office of disgruntled managers and GMs as well.
Welcome to the club, Youk. As you can see, there are some pretty big names on this list.