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Kevin Youkilis

Baseball Player

 

1) What are you most looking forward to in playing in Japan?

 

 

My family and I are really looking forward for the opportunity to embrace the Japanese culture. Being together with my family for the whole season will be the most enjoyable part of the season. On the baseball front, I am excited to understand and learn the different philosophy of baseball that is played in Japan.  Baseball is a pretty straight forward sport, but every culture seems to have their own style of play and ideals.     

 

2) Have you traveled outside of the US before?  If so, where?

I have been very fortunate to travel outside of the states in my life. The countries that I have visited are Japan, Taiwan, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Mexico and Canada.  I have actually played in Japan while I was with the Red Sox in 2008.  

 

3) It looks as though top pitching prospect Masahiro Tanaka is staying in Japan and will be a teammate of yours (he was 24-0 with a 1.27 era).  Are you happy to be playing with him instead of facing him?  What do you know about him? 

We will see if Tanaka will stay in Japan for another season or will come over to the United States. It will be an amazing experience and a honor to play on the same team with him.  Hopefully, I will get to face him in a spring training live at bat.  The experiences of facing the best pitchers around the world is why I love playing baseball. I would love to also help him transition well into the US and MLB down the road.  

 

4) Have you had the opportunity to speak with other MLB players who are playing in Japan or who have played in Japan?  If so, what have they shared with you and what advice do they have?

I have spoken with a few guys that have played in Japan and they all have given positive feedback on the experiences they have had while playing over in Japan.  The only advice was to ship over the American toiletry products that you like to use on a daily basis.  

 

5) What accomplishment are you most proud of in your career so far?

My biggest accomplishment in my career was finding my wife and stepdaughter and than having our beautiful baby boy. All of the accomplishments of baseball are second to my family.  They are what make me the most proud of my life.

 

6) What advice do you have for an aspiring pro baseball player?

 

 

My advice to all aspiring pro baseball players is to work hard in every aspect of life. School should always be number one in life.  Gain as much knowledge in life because you never know where your life will take you.  I have seen a lot of great baseball players in college and minor leagues that never made it to the major leagues. Many of these men now have real jobs and would tell you that they loved their time in baseball but wish they would have done more in their education.  So dream big for the major leagues but make sure to compete in school and get the best education possible.