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Youkilis Is Set to Shave His Goatee?

Via Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Kevin Youkilis (.235/.336/.409) is poised to shave his trademark goatee to play third base in the Bronx next spring. According to “major-league sources,” Youkilis has agreed to a one-year, $12 million contract to play for the Yankees, who have a longstanding policy against players’ sporting too much facial hair.

The corner infielder, who will turn 34 in March, was a huge fan favorite in Boston (while much despised among Mike Francesa’s listeners) for eight-plus seasons before the Red Sox traded him to the South Side of Chicago last June.

So the question that everybody in New York and New England will chew on for days is who detests this signing more: Sawx fans who now have to see him in pinstripes, or Yankees fans who have no choice but to root for him?

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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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