Kevin Youkilis pulls no punches when it comes to expressing his feelings. Whether it’s showing us how he feels, as he has chosen to do above, or telling us how he feels. So of course, he wasn’t shy at all expressing his disappointment in you, me, and the rest of the nation because we haven’t been showing up to WBC games.
I don’t think we have enough pride in this, Youkilis said yesterday at Team USA’s workout. It’s kind of a sad day – and I know it’s a tough time (economically) to buy tickets – when you see that. I don’t think there’s as much pride in the USA as there is for these other countries. There was a whole section of Dominican fans (Sunday) night just here to watch baseball. I think we’re losing a little bit of pride for, quote, ‘America’s national pastime.’
Ok, I can go along with that. But tell me you’re not gonna blame the US team’s lack of motivation in the WBC on the lack of fan support. Please tell me you’re not. You are aren’t you?
It definitely hurts a little bit to know that you’re always the away team in your own country, he said. There are some good people out there, but it would be nice to have a lot more of those people chanting ‘USA,’ holding up American flags. That’s the one thing we didn’t see much of the other night – there were more Puerto Rican flags than American (flags).
If there was 45,000 people it would definitely get the guys going a lot more, he said. From playing in front of that every night, it gets you going. There are days when you’re dragging and the fans lift you up with the support. I wouldn’t say that’s a factor in games we’re not winning, but it’s more (about improving) the environment overall.
Ok, I get it. If the environment is ideal, it’s easier to win these game. Kinda like if they’re no cops or security in a bank, it’s easier to rob the bank. It’s all about ideal environments. Everything is so clear now. Thank you for the knowledge, Kevin. I never looked at it this way. And to think, we were actually calling ourselves fans. We should be ashamed of ourselves. Can you possibly find it in your heart to forgive us?
Kevin Youkilis no fan of lacking support (Boston Herald)