Youkilis had earned the ire of pitchers around the league, partly because he made them work so hard and partly because he was so emotional on the field. He started getting plunked by pitchers regularly. Fifteen times in 2007, 12 in 2008, and 16 in 2009. Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain threw two heaters behind Youlikis' head in 2007 and later that year Yankee Chien-Ming Wang hit him on the wrist and kept him out of the lineup for 10 days. Still, his spirits were high enough to bear hug Wily Mo Pena once in a while.