Who better to throw out the first pitch of the 2018 American League Championship Series at Fenway Park than a former player who hit over .400 in his two Championship Series appearances with the Red Sox?
Kevin Youkilis, who helped the Sox win a pair of World Series titles, will be back in Boston on Saturday to throw the ceremonial first pitch of the impending ALCS. Now in the Red Sox Hall of Fame, Youkilis remains a beloved figure by the Fenway Faithful.
Since retiring from baseball in 2013, Youkilis has jumped into beer brewing. He opened Loma Brewing Company with his brother, Scott, in California.
As a player for Boston, Youkilis thrived in baseball’s Championship Series round of the playoffs. In 58 at-bats, Youkilis collected 24 hits (good for a .414 batting average), with a .776 slugging percentage and a whopping 1.253.
In the 2007 ALCS against Cleveland, he hit .500 (14-28) with as many home runs as strikeouts (three) as the Sox rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to advance to the World Series, where they beat the Colorado Rockies in a four-game sweep.
Inviting fan favorites back for the first pitch is a tradition that’s alive and well with the Red Sox in the 2018 postseason. Former outfielder Trot Nixon came back for the first game of the American League Division Series against the Yankees.