In an online poll conducted by card-producing company Jewish Major Leaguers, Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis was voted the best Jewish baseball player of the last decade. Shawn Green, who played his best years with the Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Dodgers, got second place, while Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun finished third.
A couple notes. First, I’d like to take a bow: I previously suggested Youkilis could be considered the ’00’s best Jewish athlete. Second, the objectively arbitrary terms of the debate—the best Jewish ballplayer from 2000-09—skew unfavorably against Green (who was fantastic in the late-’90s and early-’00s before petering out) and Braun (who was a rookie in 2007 and will almost certainly be the best Jewish ballplayer of, say, 2008-2017). Additionally, by Scroll law, every time we mention Youkilis we are obliged to link to this incredible clip.
Finally, the poll’s sponsor, Jewish Major Leaguers, is based … in Boston. So we wouldn’t be surprised if similar polls by them revealed that Larry Bird was the best basketball player of the 1980s, Drew Bledsoe was the best quarterback of the 1990s, and the Red Sox are the greatest team of all time.