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Kevin Youkilis: My heart is with the Yankees

02/15/2013 10:16 AM ET
By Jon Lane

Kevin Youkilis spent most of his career playing in Boston.(AP)
New York Yankees third baseman Kevin Youkilis sought out reporters Friday morning in Tampa, Fla., to clarify remarks that created a buzz across social media. The day before, Youkilis mentioned he'll always be a Boston Red Sock, which left more than a few Yankees fans rankled and Youkilis taking the initiative to explain that the comments were taken the wrong way.

''I was basically defining that, as a player, I'll be a Red Sox, and a White Sox, and a Yankee for life,'' Youkilis said. ''Three storied franchises. I'm excited to be part of this, and be with the Yankees. Trust me, there's no way that was meant to say my heart is in Boston or anything like that. My heart is here with the Yankees.''

Youkilis signed a one-year, $12 million contract in December to essentially take over third base for a rehabbing Alex Rodriguez. He spent the first 8 ½ seasons of his career in Boston, winning World Series championships in 2004 and 2007, until he was traded to the Chicago White Sox last season.

"I'll always be a Red Sock," Youkilis said on Thursday. "To negate all the years I played for the Boston Red Sox, and all the tradition, you look at all the stuff I have piled up at my house and to say I'd just throw it out the window, it's not true."

The next day, Youkilis made it clear that although he cannot erase his years in Boston, he's heart is now in the Bronx and he's already bonding with his teammates, most notably Joba Chamberlain. The two former rivals shook hands on Friday morning - "He's smaller than I thought," Youkilis said - and talked about mustaches.

"I'll have to watch what I say," Youkilis said. "Guys are having fun with it, joking around. Trust me, it wasn't meant to be 'My heart is in Boston.' I'll be proud to be a Yankee for life after this year, too."

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