The question of whether or not Kevin Youkilis will be booed when he returns to Fenway Park in a Yankee uniform was probably answered today.
"I'll always be a Red Sock," Youkilis told the New York media during his first day in Yankee camp. "To negate all the years I played for the Boston Red Sox, and all the tradition, you look at all the stuff I have piled up at my house and to say I'd just throw it out the window, it's not true."
Youkilis, traded to the White Sox last June after losing his job to rookie Will Middlebrooks (and after months of conflict with then-manager Bobby Valentine), signed with the Yanks as a free agent during the offseason. The Boston-to-New York booing standard was set by Johnny Damon, who went south after saying he would "never" sign with the Yankees, and fear was that the fans would turn on Youkilis the same way. But today's comments, delivered in a Yankee uniform, may have defused that.
"Those were great years in Boston," said Youk. "One bad half-year doesn't take away from all the great years I had there."
Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.
Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.
In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:
Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal.
Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016.
The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.
More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.