Why you say?…
Because he hated having conversations with the runners on base. He also wants to add a Gold Glove to his trophy case at the other infield corner, already having won a Gold Glove as a first baseman.
Here is the quote straight from Youkilis on being a conversationist as a firstbaseman.
“It’s just not interesting,” Youkilis said. “It’s fun sometimes if you have guys you know and you’ve played against. There’s some guys you might not care for too much. You get to know people over there, too. You get to understand people a lot more. But the social scene over there, I can do without. I’ve never been a social-scene kind of guy.
“It’s not fun. You want no-hitters and perfect games thrown where you don’t have to cover the base, but that’s not possible all the time. For me, I’ll leave it to Sean Casey, Jim Thome, guys that are really good over there. Kevin Millar. I’ll leave it to them to master that.”