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Valentine blames Youk for fallout

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08:11 AM ET 07.16 | With Kevin Youkilis' return to Boston arrives some unfortunate baggage. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine placed the onus for his strained relationship with Kevin Youkilis on the former Boston infielder Sunday morning. "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," Valentine said in response to a question about Youkilis. ... Asked Sunday if [the relationship] was strained, Valentine said, "I have no idea. It was whatever he wanted it to be." Youkilis, told of Valentine's comments before Chicago's game in Kansas City on Sunday, chose not to address them. "I got nothing about any of that stuff," he said.

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July 16, 2012  08:34 AM ET

If you are going to be a winner it takes leadership from the manager and team chemistry from the players to form a solid unit, the Sox have neither.

July 16, 2012  08:36 AM ET
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Valentine sucks..........

Yankees suck.

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July 16, 2012  08:50 AM ET

I read yesterday that it was Youk who was the "snitch" for chicken and beergate. Also, good morning all. I am back from my vacation.

July 16, 2012  08:53 AM ET

Not nice to talk negatively about a player once he leaves your Team! Bury your Frustration, when this guy retires he will be your bench Coach!!

July 16, 2012  08:58 AM ET
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If you are going to be a winner it takes leadership from the manager and team chemistry from the players to form a solid unit, the Sox have neither.

no, what it takes is talented players. and good starting pitching.

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July 16, 2012  09:09 AM ET
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I read yesterday that it was Youk who was the "snitch" for chicken and beergate. Also, good morning all. I am back from my vacation.

Welcome back. You had a good week.

July 16, 2012  09:09 AM ET
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Not nice to talk negatively about a player once he leaves your Team! Bury your Frustration, when this guy retires he will be your bench Coach!!

While I am not a huge fan of Valentine, I can certainly see his point of view on this. I liked Youk, but grew a bit tired of seeing him throw fits for his poor performances. A change of scenery has certainly helped both teams.

July 16, 2012  09:20 AM ET

Let it go Bobbie; Youk's gone and there is nothing to be gained by stirring up the issue again.

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July 16, 2012  09:59 AM ET
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Welcome back. You had a good week.

Yeah, it was a very good week. Lots of sun for me.

July 16, 2012  10:00 AM ET
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Mornin

Welcome back PK.

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July 16, 2012  10:10 AM ET
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nary a drop of rain, I'm so tan I should apply for welfare

I am not much of a tanner. I have some Irish in my blood.

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