How did Kevin Youkilis get a name like Youkilis anyway?

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Remember when comedian Dennis Leary made everyone uncomfortable on TV a few years back because he assumed that Kevin Youkilis was Greek and then, when told he was Jewish, went on and on — maybe on a bit too much — about how awesome it was that the Red Sox’ first baseman was Jewish?

Well, Richard Sandomir of the New York Times has a story up about Youkilis’ family history, and it explains why, exactly, he has that Greek-sounding name.  The short answer: it was supposed to be a Greek-sounding name for purposes of security and deception.

Read the story, but know this much: if it wasn’t for that unique family history, Sox fans would have shouted “Weeeeeiiiiineeerrr” when he came up to bat these past few years.

Our loss.