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Did the Kevin Youkilis Trade Put Massachusetts in Play for Romney?

I doubt it.

But considering President Obama’s fundraising challenges, he might want to think again before throwing brush-back pitches at his Beantown donors.

Making a light-hearted jab as he delivered a series of thank-yous at the start of a fund-raising speech, the president added: “Finally, Boston I just want to say — thank-you for Youkilis.”

The infielder was traded [to the White Sox] on Sunday for righthanded relief pitcher Zach Stewart and utility fielder Brent Lillibridge.

As boos swelled up from the floor and down down from the double balconies at Symphony Hall, Obama chuckled.

“I’m just saying, he had to change the color of his socks,” the president said with a building grin.

“I didn’t anticipate boos out of here,” he added as some of the boos turned to the low rumble of “Y-o-o-u-k.”

As Baseball Think Factory commenter “bobm” observed, “At least Obama has now proved he knows the name of at least one player on the White Sox, even if Youkilis never played at old ‘Cominskey Field.’”

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Jason Epstein is the president of Southfive Strategies, LLC. He was a public-relations consultant for the Turkish embassy in Washington from 2002 to 2007.


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