Kevin Youkilis has a Problem
It is not his batting average, which is a very respectable .328. It is not the team he plays for, as the Red Sox are leading the AL East by 8.5 games. It is not his fielding, he is very adept at first and third, and it is not alienation of his fans, as a boo-like "YOOOOOOOOOOOUK" resonates through fenway park with each at bat and each out at first.
No friends, professionally, Youkilis is fine. It is a more personal issue that has caught my attention, and that is the beastly conglomeration of chin hairs that make up his goatee.
Please draw your attention to the photos below. On the left is what Youk looks like without facial hair, and on the right is what he looks like with his chin-chila:
Now I will relent, that in the world of terrible facial hair, there are things far worse. ESPN Page 2 did a great little piece about the craziest baseball hair which you can read here.
But I think that Youkilis' problem is that he draws attention to the one part of his body he should not. He's got bad teeth, a goofy smile and a significantly large chin. There are plenty of other large chinned people in this world such as Bill Cowher, Jay Leno and Quentin Tarantino. But you'll notice they all try to take attention away from their chins. Cowher with his moustache and his over active saliva glands, Leno with his wavy hair and his old-fashioned cars, Tarantino with his funny suits and Sofia Coppola.
I bet ol' Kevin could get some serious yard off that chin if he were hit there with a pitch and it looks like he is out there with a small rodent on his face. See the smiliarities?
I realize that there are far more important things in life and in baseball than what one athlete chooses to do with his facial hair. Maybe he's got some kind of lucky thing going. I don't know. But, I fear that this is Youk's slippery slope and before long he could end up like this.