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Kevin Youkilis (Kevin Edmund Youkilis) was born on March 15, 1979 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He made his Major League debut on May 15, 2004 for the Boston Red Sox. In 2004, his rookie year, he hit .260 with 7 home runs and 35 RBI. Youkilis played for the Boston Red Sox for his entire 3 year career.
Dubbed the "Greek God of Walks" in the popular book Moneyball, Youkilis has become known for his exceptional plate discipline. In 2006, as the full-time starting first baseman and filling in at the lead-off spot for the injured Coco Crisp, Youkilis has taken his game to a whole new level. He has shown exceptional defensive ability, and is a major part of Boston's league-leading defense, with 1 error and a .997 fielding percentage. He's also developed into a legitimate power hitter, with a .317BA and a .429 OBP through the first two months of 2006.
Youkilis got his first postseason hit of his career in Game 1 of the 2007 ALDS, a homerun into the monster seats in the first inning of Angels pitcher, John Lackey.
- Selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 8th round of the free-agent draft on June 5, 2001 - signed on June 11, 2001.
- He is a member of both the 2004 and 2007 World Series teams for the Red Sox.
- On June 25, 2007, Youkilis played in his 120th consecutive game at first base without an error, breaking the prior Red Sox record set in 1921 by Stuffy McInnis.
- On September 7, 2007, he played in his 179th consecutive game at first base without an error, which broke the prior American League record set in 1973 by Mike Hegan.
- Youkilis' streak at the end of the regular season was 190 games; while he was charged with a fielding error in the sixth inning of an October 16, 2007, playoff game against the Cleveland Indians, postseason games are not included in the record. Therefore, early in the 2008 season, Youkilis could break the Major League record of 193 consecutive error-free games, held by Steve Garvey.
- On April 2, 2008, on an unassisted game-ending play against the Oakland A's, Youkilis broke the Major League record for most consecutive errorless games by a first baseman, at 194 games.