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Youkilis tired from travel, but got a laugh from Obama's comment

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Youkilis tired from travel, but got a laugh from Obama's comment

MINNEAPOLIS --- White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis said Tuesday afternoon he enjoyed word his acquisition has received the presidential seal of approval.
Youkilis said he has been bombarded text messages, phone calls and emails from friends and family a day after President Barack Obama thanked a group of supporters in Boston for Youkilis, whom the White Sox acquired from the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon. Video of the speech shows the comment elicited boos from those in the crowd.
It was pretty funny just to see that and the family got a good kick out of it, Youkilis said. There are mass emails going around to the family. Never thought it --- its probably a better way to get mentioned by the President than other ways, so its a good thing.
Obamas mention probably highlighted what Youkilis has described as a very surreal 24-hour period. In that time, Youkilis received a standing ovation from Red Sox fans after he was pulled from Sundays game, was traded, flew to join the White Sox at Target Field and made his debut.
Youkilis, who went 1-for-4 in his first game with the White Sox, said he was left exhausted by the experience.
I definitely woke up a little tired today, Youkilis said. I think I got worn out from that 24 hours. I went back and took a little nap today and feel a lot better. It was definitely a quick turnaround and its good to be here and good to know what Im doing for the next seven days.

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Positive press about the Chicago Bears' offseason is having a strong impact on the jersey sales for the team's highest-profile player, Mitch Trubisky.

According to Dick's Sporting Goods, Trubisky's No. 10 is the fifth-most popular jersey among offensive players over the last 30 days. He's No. 6 among all players, regardless of position.

The Bears' offseason has been full of superlatives since their aggressive approach to free agency. The signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel put the spotlight on Trubisky and the potentially surging passing game. The second-round selection of Anthony Miller and word of Kevin White's offseason emergence has turned positive momentum into higher-than-anticipated expectations for Trubisky this season.

For Chicago to have any chance at meeting those expectations, Trubisky, who's entering his first full season as a starter with a new head coach and offensive system, has to thrive. Fans must be confident that he will, considering the investment they're making in his jersey.

Trubisky ended his rookie season with four wins in 12 starts, throwing for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes. He should have a much more productive season in 2018 with his new arsenal of skill players and an innovative coaching staff, led by coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.

These four Bears will be featured on 'Meet the Rookies' series

These four Bears will be featured on 'Meet the Rookies' series

The Chicago Bears will kick off the fourth season of "Meet the Rookies" on June 25, a series that profiles four of the team's 2018 draft picks for a behind-the-scenes look at their journey to the NFL.

The four-episode series will air on ChicagoBears.com at 7:00 p.m from June 25 - 28 and will feature one rookie per night. 

Monday's episode will cover the Bears' first-round pick, Roquan Smith. Selected with the eighth-overall pick, Smith is expected to become an instant-impact player on defense. He's expected to make an impact off the field, too, as a high-character leader. Smith's linebacker-mate Joel Iyiegbuniwe is the focus of Tuesday's episode, with Anthony Miller (Wednesday) and James Daniels (Thursday) rounding out Season 4.

For a deeper dive into what's in store in "Meet the Rookies," check out this description.