When Kevin Youkilis was mulling whether or not to sign with the Yankees as a free agent, he decided -- like many others -- decided to ask advice from his brother-in-law.
Only his brother-in-law is Tom Brady.
"I . . . asked a question about coming to New York: 'Could you ever be a Jet or a Giant?' " Youkilis told the YES Network. And hes like, 'I dont know. Luckily Im not in your shoes.' And Im like, 'Thanks a lot for your advice, buddy!' "
Youkilis, the newest Yankee, is married to Brady's sister Julie, whom he met in Boston while playing for the Red Sox.
"He's great," Youkilis said of Tom Brady. "It's pretty fun . . .
We always joke about that: the brother you always wanted, and Im like, 'I dont know if you wanted me as a brother, but you didnt have a choice in this matter now.'
The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.
In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal.
"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."
After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.
"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."
The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.
"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."
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