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When he was dressing by his corner locker in the visiting clubhouse about a half-hour before the scheduled interview session, a TV screen showed the empty interview room and the words "Kevin Youkilis upcoming interview." White Sox teammates Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski joked they should all go to the room to support him.
The 33-year-old Youkilis is wearing the same No. 20 he had with Boston. He played 7 1/2 seasons with the Red Sox and was part of the 2004 and `07 championship teams.
"There's no regrets. I had a lot of fun and won two World Series," he said. "I came in my rookie year, won one and won one playing every day. Some guys can't even say they won one. I was very fortunate to win two."
His playing time in Boston became limited due to the emergence of rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks.
But Youkilis didn't want to talk about his relationship with Valentine. In April, the manager questioned Youkilis' commitment in his weekly television interview, then apologized to him a day later.
"I don't understand why this is a big rift," Youkilis said. "I'm just here to play baseball and things will happen. There's no Bobby V. vs Kevin Youkilis or vice versa. It's the Chicago White Sox against the Boston Red Sox and just playing baseball."
Youkilis was a fan favorite during his time in Boston, often drawing loud chants of "Yoooouk" for his hard-nosed play.
He is batting .323 with three homers and 15 RBIs in 17 games since joining Chicago. He recorded five game-winning RBIs in his first 14 games.
"I think what I'm doing now is trying to have fun and win," he said. "There's nothing else to worry about."
Having a charity in his name in the area, he said he'd like to maintain his ties to the city he had called home for his entire big league career.
"This isn't the last of Boston," he said. "I hope to do a lot of good things off the field."
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