"Kevin Youkilis, known for his fiery disposition, was selected for his first All-Star Game."
Yes, he is a "fiery" player and a "grinder" and Kevin Youkilis is a Jew.
According to JTA, he has an honor: Top Jewish player in the 2000s, awarded by Jewish Major Leaguers, a suburban Boston-based organization that each year produces a set of trading cards of Jewish baseball players.
We have few Jewish professional baseball players and we take pride in the achievements of each one. From the Times, July 2008:
Grinder Earns Place in All-Star Spotlight
By JOSHUA ROBINSON
...Youkilis, 29, has been one of the Red Sox’ unsung heroes in recent seasons, delivering a steady stream of base hits from the middle of the order and Gold Glove-caliber defense from either corner of the infield. And, one year after he was overlooked for the All-Star Game when he was posting similar statistics, Youkilis is one of seven Red Sox players who will be back at Yankee Stadium on July 15....