KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A day before he returns to Boston, White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis declined to comment about the latest jab from his former manager, Bobby Valentine.
Told that Valentine blamed him for his strained relationship with Youkilis before he was traded to the White Sox, Youkilis said, "I got nothing about any of that stuff. I'm over all the Boston thing of this year. There is a lot of great past history. But the focus is on the White Sox.''
Valentine on Sunday morning alluded to a comment he made on April 15, saying "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason."
On Sunday, Valentine said, "I think the comment I made early, he made a big issue out of, and I don't think he ever wanted to get over it.''
Youkilis was angered at the time by that comment and met with Valentine and Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington to discuss it.
A fan favorite in Red Sox nation, Youkilis wrote a letter thanking the fans of Boston for years of support. It was published Sunday on ESPN.com.
"You want to thank everyone, teammates and all the people who've helped me along the way,'' Youkilis said Sunday. "You just want to let the fans know they were great years.''