President Barack Obama spoke at a Symphony Hall fundraiser Monday night only to receive a wave of boos from the crowd when he thanked Boston for trading former Red Sox player Keven Youkilis to Obama’s favorite team, the Chicago White Sox.
“I’m just saying, he’s going to have to change the color of his socks,” the president joked.
“I didn’t think I was going to get any boos out of here,” Obama said, ” I should not have brought up baseball, I understand, my mistake, you got to know your crowd.”
In an attempt to clear the air with Boston fans, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney tweeted Monday: “Let’s be clear: POTUS, a proud fan, thanked Boston crowd for Youk. Some booed. Others, like me, cried ‘Yoooouk!’ in sad memoriam.”
Do you hear boos or “Youks?”
Youkilis was traded to the White Sox for infielder Brent Lilibridge and pitcher Zach Stewart. Youkilis went 1-for-4 with a single in his first game with the White Sox Monday night, but the team lost to the Minnesota Twins 4-1.