Obama Ribs Red Sox Fans, Draws Boos At Boston Fundraiser

President Barack Obama learned the hard way Monday evening that for fans of the Boston Red Sox, baseball is no laughing matter.

Appearing at a fundraiser at Symphony Hall, Obama jokingly thanked the Boston audience for longtime Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis, who was traded Saturday to the president’s favorite team, the Chicago White Sox.  

“I’m just saying, he’s going to have to change the color of his socks,” Obama said, prompting groans and good natured jeers from the crowd.

Youkilis was a mainstay on two World Series championship teams in Boston and a favorite among the city’s famously passionate fans.  


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