After the Red Sox' 9-4 win over the Braves, David Ortiz -- the only current member of the Red Sox to play with Kevin Youkilis for the infielder's entire career -- talked to WEEI.com about the difficulty of seeing Youkilis traded to the White Sox Sunday.
"It was emotional," Ortiz said. "He's my boy. I've been playing with Youk forever. To see him go like that is not easy. It's part of the game. It's like I told him, 'Go out and do your thing.' "
Ortiz said that word had filtered throughout the Red Sox' dugout just prior to Youkilis' final at-bat that a trade was being completed and the infielder would be exiting the game.
"That was the talk in the dugout, that he was coming in and that he just got traded," said Ortiz, pointing to Youkilis' locker, which was already without the nine-year veteran's nameplate by the time the media entered. "Everybody was expecting that.
"How long was he here for, nine years? It doesn't happen every day. He was kind of mad and upset. I don't blame him. He knew it was coming, but it's still tough."
More reaction and analysis of the Youkilis trade, go to the Red Sox team page at weei.com/redsox.
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