The Jewish Major Leaguer of the Decade is …


… Kevin Youkilis?

Yup, Kevin Youkilis. At least according to Jewish Major Leaguers, an organization whose mission statement is “to document American Jews in America’s Game.”

I, for one, totally disagree. Youkilis is a very good player on a very good team, but he only played four full seasons last decade. For my money, the Jewish Major Leaguer of the Decade has to be Shawn Green, whose first three seasons of the decade were fantastic, and who went out of his way to speak with every 25-cent Jewish monthly pamphlet that stopped by his locker for a conversation. Then, in second, I’d vote for Gabe Kapler—only because he has a Jewish star tattooed onto his leg, which is one of the great oxymorons of both sport and religion.

Mazel tov, Kevin.

Mazel tov.