NEW YORK — At least three players of Jewish descent made the lineups of Major League Baseball’s all-star teams.
Major League Baseball’s all-star teams.
Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis was named as an American League starter for the game played at Yankee Stadium. Ian Kinsler, the second baseman from the Texas Rangers, was penciled in as a reserve for the American League.
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was to start for the National League.
Youkilis, whose nickname is “The Greek God of Walks,” openly identifies as Jewish. In explaining his charity work, he once told mlb.com, “In my religion, the Jewish religion, that’s one of the biggest things that’s taught, is giving a mitzvah, forming a mitzvah.”
He also said, “I was always taught as a kid giving to charity. You’re supposed to give a good amount of charity each and every year.”
Both Braun and Kinsler have Jewish fathers and reportedly identify as half-Jewish.