That Kevin Youkilis guy just can't catch a break.
Justin Morneau has pulled out of the All-Star game due to a concussion. Logic dictates that the gates are now wide open for Youk to FINALLY get in this game.
Unfortunately, Joe Girardi is giving a gigantic middle finger to Boston, and is replacing Morneau with Paul Konerko; not Kevin Youkilis. I repeat: The AL All-Star squad has a vacancy at first, and Youk got passed over by Paul Konerko.
From a Red Sox fan's perspective, this is fine with me. Let Youk rest. But Youk deserves this spot, and with all the nonsense around the "Final Vote" it's pretty clear that Youk actually wanted to get added to this team. It's a shame he won't be there.
SI.com's Joe Posnanski does a pretty fantastic job of tearing Girardi apart for this idiotic choice:
Now, this seems silly to me because Youkilis is both a better player than Paul Konerko, and he’s also having a better year than Paul Konerko.It was Girardi’s explanation, more than anything, that baffled:
“It’s a hard choice to make. I could have taken [Konerko] or Youkilis. Konerko’s hitting slightly higher, has a couple more home runs and couple more RBIs. I went with Konerko... I took the guy whose numbers are a little bit better.”
...you’re telling me he really looks at the numbers of Paul Konerko and Kevin Youkilis’ numbers and thinks Konerko’s are “a little bit better?” This is beyond ludicrous.
Look, here’s the depth of Joe Girardi’s analysis:
– Konerko is hitting .299 with 20 homers and 63 RBIs.– Youkilis is hitting .293 with 18 homers and 57 RBIs.
That’s it? That’s how far Joe Girardi is willing to go to pick his All-Star choice? Because, I’m looking only a little bit deeper here… Youkilis has three more doubles, five more triples and 12 more walks. Youkilis has scored 17 more runs (he leads the league). He even has three more stolen bases. His on-base percentage is 26 points higher, his slugging percentage is 19 points higher. I have absolutely no doubt that even looking only at the basic stats, Youkilis’ first half offensive numbers are slightly but distinctly better than Konerko’ …
But, of course, there’s another thing: Youkilis is a much better defensive player than Konerko. There are numbers that show this, though even people inside baseball who don’t believe in defensive numbers would concede the point. Youkilis is a versatile defender who has won a first base Gold Glove, and can play third base. Konerko is widely regarded as average-to-below average defensively at first base.
So, enjoy rooting for Paul Konerko during the All-Star Game, Paul Konerko's mom.