By C. Trent Rosecrans
Mr. Kevin Edmund Youkilis is nothing if not proper.
Not only does he own a career .391 career on-base percentage, he also has manners befitting his polite Midwestern upbringing.
From Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, comes this tale of a child asking the esteemed Mr. Youkilis for the favor of a baseball, but doing so in a rather gruff, impersonal and some may say, rude, manner: "Hey, Youk, give me a ball," the youth crassly implored.
Kevin Youkilis looked up and said, "What's the right way to ask?"Mr. Youkilis was a finance major at the University of Cincinnati, not an English major, or he would not have accepted that response. The proper why to ask the question would be, "Mr. Youkilis, may I please have a ball?"
Chagrined, the kid said, "Can I please have a ball?"
Youk tossed the kid a ball.
"Don't ever forget that for the rest of your life," he said.
Politeness is important, but so too is grammar.
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