Apr 1, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Kevin Youkilis (36) doubles to left during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees Fans Love Them Some Yooouuuk!!

I had to sit back and laugh as I watched the Red Sox 8-2 opening day pasting of the hated Yankees.  It wasn’t just the game that was amusing, despite the big Red Sox win.

As he stepped into the batters box for his first plate appearance I was particularly eager to see how Yankees fans would react to Kevin Youkilis being on their side now.  Would they cheer? Would they boo?  Would they stay neutral as they look warily upon this new relationship?

Predictably, (as I predicted quietly to myself) it was a resounding Yooouuuk cheer.  And I just had to chuckle.

Really, Yankees fans?  You love this guy so much already?  Gimme a break.

Look, I know all fans root for the laundry above all else.  But excuse me for being a little jaded at how quickly Youk was embraced by his new group of fans.  They absolutely hated this guy when he wore red.

I thought this would be a relationship that would take some getting used to, at least from the fan’s perspective.  After all, sleeping with the enemy is not a fun chore.

It just goes to show you, fans are truly fickle.  The guy they hated yesterday is now their new hero now that he wears their uniform. And he did go 1 for 3 with a double today.

I know I’m not breaking any new ground here.  I just thought that it was amusing that I predicted a positive Yooouuuk chant and Yankee fans delivered on cue.  Would Red Sox fans do it differently if the situation were reversed?  No way.  They root for laundry too.

But I still have to wonder:  what does Joba Chamberlain think about all of this?


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