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June 26, 2012

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Analysis of the Kevin Youkilis Trade, Straight From the Top

by Sam Miller

This is Barack Obama talking to Bostonians about the Kevin Youkilis trade. It goes pretty well, I guess.

Now I hope you'll all go into the comments and scream at each other about politics. Ohhhh boy there's nothing that makes my day like strangers on the internet screaming at each other about politics. 

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trueblue33

Ok, I'll start: "OBAMA SHOULDN'T BE TALKING ABOUT BASEBALL! HE SHOULD BE DOING MORE POLITIC-Y THINGS! (insert random Obama slam here)."

Needless to say, I was not on the debate team in college.

Jun 26, 2012 09:08 AM
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BP staff member Sam Miller
BP staff

SO SICK OF HEARING OBAMA TALKING ABOUT YOUKILIS' CAP AND TRADE

Jun 26, 2012 09:21 AM
 
steve.k

I read a story that during the Eisenhower years, the Orioles visited the White House and VP Nixon recognized the backup catcher and chatted him up. RIP Dick Nixon.

Jun 26, 2012 09:35 AM
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kmbart

Politics(Vice-president) = Baseball(backup catcher).

So naturally Dick Nixon would know the O's substitute backstop.

Jun 26, 2012 13:39 PM
rating: 1
 
brucegilsen
(999)

Nixon was a regular at Mets games post-presidency and was once a guest on Kiner's Corner.

Jul 04, 2012 15:22 PM
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Eusebio

OBAMA THE HYPOCRITE WANTS TO RAISE YOUKILIS'S TAXES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jun 26, 2012 09:47 AM
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BP staff member Sam Miller
BP staff

OBAMA WON'T DO ANYTHING TO STOP KEVIN YOUKILIS IMMIGRATION

Jun 26, 2012 09:58 AM
 
Impresario

KEVIN YOUKLIS IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL SOCIALISM

Jun 26, 2012 10:45 AM
rating: 2
 
BP staff member Sam Miller
BP staff

GOATEE? MORE LIKE GO TEA ... PARTY

Jun 26, 2012 11:48 AM
 
Chucko

Ooooooooh! Nice one! Pissed that I can't +1 you for it.

Jun 26, 2012 13:25 PM
rating: 2
 
David Jackson

THE YOUKLIS TRADE IS ANALOGOUS TO THE CURRENT FINANCIAL CRISIS IN GREECE!

Jun 26, 2012 10:48 AM
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eighteen

THE WHITE SOX DIDN'T PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE.

Jun 26, 2012 11:13 AM
rating: 6
 
SC

I DEMAND TO SEE KEVIN YOUKLIS' BIRTH CERTIFICATE.

Jun 26, 2012 11:17 AM
rating: 7
 
AJ

ROMNEY: WILL MIDDLEBROOKS IS PROOF THAT THE POOR CAN COMPETE WITH THE RICH!!. YAY CAPITALISM!!!!!!

Jun 26, 2012 11:19 AM
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adrock

I am enjoying everyone's use of all-caps. This is one of the few times in the history of the internet that it's been entirely appropriate.

Well done, all of you!

Jun 26, 2012 11:25 AM
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cdmyers

ADROCK DIDN'T USE ALL CAPS IN HIS POST! AMERICA IS ALL ABOUT YELLING ON THE INTERNET! WHY DOES ADROCK HATE AMERICA!?!?!1/?!

Jun 26, 2012 14:22 PM
rating: 13
 
adrock

I'm Canadian. Your high dollar and Gord Ash prevented my favourite team from competing from 1994-2004.

2005-2012 non-competition cannot be solely blamed on Americans, but I still hold a grudge.

Jun 27, 2012 05:13 AM
rating: 3
 
BP staff member Ian Miller
BP staff

YOUKILIS? SOUNDS A LOT LIKE DUKAKIS, AMIRITE HERE? NOT ONE OF US.

HERE'S AN ILL-ADVISED PICTURE OF YOUKILIS IN A SHERMAN TANK, ILLUSTRATING HOW ILL-EQUIPPED HE IS TO LEAD OUR COUNTRY-SLASH-BASEBALL-TEAM

Jun 26, 2012 11:36 AM
 
Richard Bergstrom

YOUKILIS SOUNDS LIKE DUKAKIS?

I'M NOT ASKING YOU WHO SOUNDS LIKE DUKAKIS.

WHO'S ON FIRST!

I DON'T KNOW.

THIRD BASE!!!

Jun 26, 2012 17:59 PM
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jalee121

YOUKILIS INJURIES ARE PROOF THAT OBAMACARE IS A FAILURE AND DEATH PANELS ARE REAL

Jun 26, 2012 12:25 PM
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mpirani

YOUKILIS AND 5.5 MILLION DOLLARS TO THE WHITE SOX FOR TWO BENCH PLAYERS? OBAMA AND THE CHICAGO MAFIA STRIKE AGAIN! I CAN SEE OPRAH'S FINGERPRINTS ALL OVER THIS ONE.

Jun 26, 2012 13:48 PM
rating: 4
 
BP staff member Sam Miller
BP staff

NO RUNS NO HITS NO AYERS

Jun 26, 2012 14:20 PM
 
BurrRutledge

RUNS NEED TO BE MANUFACTURED IN THE USA!!!

Jun 26, 2012 17:11 PM
rating: 7
 
SGreenwell

KEVIN YOUKILIS TOOK OUR JORBS!

Jun 26, 2012 13:50 PM
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Asinwreck

AT LAST WE SEE THE ISLAMO-ZIONIST PLOT TO CONTROL THIRD BASE

Jun 26, 2012 14:46 PM
rating: 3
 
BurrRutledge

SEND OBUMMER BACK TO CHICAGO OR ELSE HE WILL SOCILIZE MLB WITH THE LARGEST REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH IN OUR PASTIMES" HISTORY!!!1

Jun 26, 2012 16:07 PM
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ccseverson

OBAMA KNOWS HE'S GOING TO LOSE THIS ELECTION! WHY ELSE WOULD HE BE TALKING UP THE WHITE SOX AS HIS TEAM AND NOT THE NATS? GO HOME OBAMA.

Jun 26, 2012 16:30 PM
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BP staff member Sam Miller
BP staff

THESE GUYS SHOULD BOTH SPEND LESS TIME WORRYING ABOUT THE SOX AND MORE TIME WORRYING ABOUT MY STOCKS!

Jun 26, 2012 16:49 PM
 
BurrRutledge

IT'S BUSH'S FAULT!

Jun 26, 2012 17:03 PM
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BP staff member John Erhardt
BP staff

BUSH WOULDN'T HAVE SUPPORTED SAME SOX TRADING.

Jun 27, 2012 09:33 AM
 
Richard Bergstrom

It's funny with all the flap over this story and whether it was a "Boo" or a "Youk", I didn't see a video clip on CNN, ESPN, etc until I came here.

Jun 26, 2012 17:57 PM
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BurrRutledge

HE"S A FLIP-FLOPPER! FIRST HE WAS FOR YOUKILIS TRADE, AND NOW HE"S AGAINST IT!! HE"S A SOCIALIST COMMIE FASCIST FLIP-FLOPPER!

Jun 27, 2012 09:30 AM
rating: 3
 
Richard Bergstrom

THOSE MORMONS WITH THEIR INFLATED OFFENSES IN SALT LAKE CITY THINK THAT ANYTHING LESS THAN A 1.000 SLG IS A SLUMP WHICH IS WHY ROMNEY WAS AGAINST MIKE TROUT BEING PROMOTED TO A MAJOR LEAGUE TEAM IN THE REPUBLICAN STATE OF CALIFORNIA!

Jun 27, 2012 11:56 AM
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jrbdmb

OBAMA SHOULD SPEND LESS TIME WORRYING ABOUT THE GREEK GOD OF WALKS AND MORE TIME ADDRESSING THE GREEK FISCAL CRISIS. THIS (THE YOUK TRADE) WOULDN'T HAVE HAPPENED IF THE REPUBLICANS WERE IN POWER.

Jun 27, 2012 04:58 AM
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jhardman

IT'S A LIBERAL CONSPIRACY! SOX TRADING WITH SOX! YOUKILIS IS A PAWN IN A SOX TRADE BETWEEN TWO LIBERAL CITIES WITH BLEEDING HEART LIBERALS TRYING TO OUT SCREW EACH OTHER!CLARK HOWARD AND DAVE RAMSEY BOTH THINK THIS IS A ONE SIDED DEAL, SO IT HAS TO BE A CONSPIRACY! GO SOX!

Jun 27, 2012 08:44 AM
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Dodger300

Newt Gingrich:

"THE RED SOX SHOULD GET RID OF YOUKILIS, HAVE ONE MASTER JANITOR, AND PAY LOCAL STUDENTS TWO DOLLARS AN HOUR TO PLAY FOR THE TEAM. THE KIDS WOULD ACTUALLY DO WORK; THEY'D HAVE CASH, THEY'D HAVE PRIDE IN THE RED SOX."


Rick Santorum:

"IT'S NOT, YOU KNOW, MAN ON CHILD, MAN ON DOG, MAN ON YOUKILIS, WHATEVER THE CASE MAY BE"


Michelle Bachman:

"I WILL TELL YOU THAT I HAD A MOTHER LAST NIGHT COME UP TO ME AFTER THE DEBATE. SHE TOLD ME THAT KEVIN YOUKILIS TOOK THAT VACCINE, THAT INJECTION, AND HE SUFFERED FROM MENTAL RETARDATION EVER SINCE."


Rick Perry:

"THREE GUYS WITH THE RED SOX, WHEN I GET THERE, THAT ARE GONE: KEVIN YOUKILIS, THEO EPSTEIN, AND -- WHO'S THE THIRD ONE THERE? LET'S SEE -- OK. SO YOUKILIS, EPSTEIN AND -- THE THIRD ONE -- YOUKILIS, EPSTEIN, AND -- I CAN'T. SORRY. OOPS."


Florida Rep. Alan West:

"KEVIN YOUKILIS SHOULD GET THE HELL OUT OF THE BOSTON, AND YES I SAID HELL!"


Herman Cain:

"OK, YOUKILIS. [pause] PRESIDENT OBAMA SUPPORTED THE TRADE, RIGHT? PRESIDENT OBAMA CALLED FOR THE REMOVAL OF YOUKILIS. I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE SAME THING BEFORE I SAY, 'YES, I AGREED' OR NO I DIDN'T AGREE.'

I DO NOT AGREE WITH THE WAY OBAMA HANDLED YOUKILIS FOR THE FOLLOWING REASON — NOPE, THAT'S A DIFFERENT ONE. [pause] I GOTTA GO BACK AND SEE. I GOT ALL THIS STUFF ABOUT YOUKILIS TWIRLING AROUND IN MY HEAD."


More Herman Cain:

"E-9, E-9, E-9."


Sarah Palin:

"I CAN SEE KEVIN YOUKILIS FROM MY BACK YARD."


John McCain:

"KEVIN YOUKILIS IS ABOUT TO CRATER."


And of course, Mitt Romney:

"I LIKE FIRING KEVIN YOUKILIS."

Jun 27, 2012 12:21 PM
rating: 2
 
brucegilsen
(999)

Alan West: KEVIN YOUKLIS WAS ONE OF 25 KNOWN COMMUNISTS ON THE *RED* SOX.

Jul 04, 2012 15:21 PM
rating: 0
 
NJTomatoes

More Herman Cain:
"Aawwwww --- shucky-youki!!!!!"

Jun 27, 2012 13:04 PM
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Richard Bergstrom

Former Presidents:

George W. Bush: "I'M TELLING YOU THERE'S AN ENEMY THAT WOULD LIKE TO ATTACK AMERICA, AMERICANS, AGAIN! THERE JUST IS! THAT'S THE REALITY OF THE WORLD. AND I WISH HIM THE BEST!" (sometimes, direct quotes ar the funniest)

Bill Clinton: "I DID NOT HAVE TRADE RELATIONS WITH THE WHITE SOX."

George H.W. Bush: "READ MY LIPS, NO MORE YOUK!"

Ronald Reagan: "I WONDER AT TIMES WHAT THE TEN COMMANDMENTS WOULD HAVE LOOKED LIKE IF YOUKILIS HAD RUN THEM THROUGH THE US CONGRESS"

Jun 27, 2012 13:23 PM
rating: 1
 
Dodger300

Dick Cheney:

"SO?"

Jun 27, 2012 16:02 PM
rating: 1
 
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