Kevin Youkilis spent eight-plus seasons with the Red Sox and won a pair of World Series rings with them. So we can understand why he'd say,"I'll always be a Red Sock." But it was notable that he chose his first day of spring training with the New York Yankees to declare his affection for his new team's archrival.

On Friday, Youkilis acknoweldged that comment, made Thursday, "looks bad" on its own and stressed that he's "proud to be a Yankee" and will play hard for his new team. Did Youk manage to diss his new teammates and fans before he could clarify his comments? Or was he smart to offer Boston fans a Valentine's Day message, lest he be served the same venom previously dished out to Red Sox-turned-Yankees Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs and Johnny Damon?

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