Kevin Youkilis: "Boston was tough. Being a fan favorite there, being a white guy, being Jewish with Brookline right down the street - a very Jewish neighborhood, I was lucky. They loved me. But I did see some tension with even my own teammates. There was one incident where a fan came running down and was being extra harsh towards one of our black players, and I just got fed up and I stood up and told him to 'Shut the 'F' up, and if you don't like it get out of here'. I will never forget that moment because I was boiling. You could see the tension, and it wasn't the same tension that was towards a white player. For the most part, I'd like to say too, though, with Red Sox fans, it's not the majority it's a minority of people that act like that. But the minority is too big, and you have to eliminate that." (Full Audio Segment Above)
Listen to former Boston Red Sox player Kevin Youkilis discuss his experiences witnessing racism as a member of the Red Sox, as a number of black MLB players have notably come out the past few years shedding light on some of the insensitive language they’ve dealt with from Red Sox fans at Fenway Park.
Boston fans are some of the fiercest and most passionate fans in the country, but their dark history with racism is also well documented.
Check out the segment above as Youkilis details his time in Boston and seeing the racism not only first-hand towards opponents, but also directed at Red Sox players as well.
Listen to the FULL interview below as Youkilis also discusses being an alumnus for the Cincinnati Bearcats baseball team who is currently looking to remove infamous Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott from its stadium name.
Youkilis was a three-time All-Star who spent time with the Red Sox, Yankees, and White Sox. He finished with 150 career home runs, a .281 batting average, and .382 on-base percentage. Youkilis was memorably nicknamed 'The Greek God of Walks', as referenced by Jonah Hill's character in 'Moneyball.'