Jewish Journal


May 27, 2008

Braun and Youkilis—pride of the Tribe, but MVPs?



The magazine is called Heeb, not Cracker or Bean or any other ethnic slur, so I don’t consider this an unbiased prediction, but could 2008 be MLB’s year of the Jew?

If the major league baseball season ended today, Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youklis and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun would be candidates for the American and National League Most Valuable Player Awards, respectively. Youklis might have a better shot at the award because of the likely standing of his team by the end of the season, but Braun is quietly establishing himself as a circumcised version of Albert Pujols.

Assumptions about circumcision aside, it’s worth evaluating whether the stars have finally aligned for Jewish athleticism in Youkilis and Braun.

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