Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/15/12

It's no secret that Kevin Youkilis didn't get along well with Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, a conflict that contributed to the third baseman being traded last month to the Chicago White Sox.

But it didn't have to be that way, Valentine said Sunday.

"I think the comment I made early, he made a big issue about and I don't think he ever wanted to get over it," Valentine said, one day before Youkilis is scheduled to return to Fenway Park with his new team.

Entering Sunday's game, Youkilis was hitting .315 with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 15 games since he was traded to Chicago. Prior to the deal, the nine-year veteran hit .233 with four homers and 14 RBIS in 42 games for the Red Sox.

Asked if his relationship with Youkilis was strained, Valentine said, "No idea. It's whatever he wanted it to be."

Valentine's rift with Youkilis became irreparable in April when he questioned the veteran's emotional commitment to the team during a television interview. Valentine later apologized to Youkilis for the comment.

Youkilis was a fan favorite in Boston prior to the trade. He was a member of the Red Sox's two recent World Series title teams in 2004 and 2007.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Taco Charlton finally lands taco endorsement deal

Vince Young blasts Jeff Fisher, vows to ‘expose’ him

Committed Cam Newton: 'I know I need to be better'

WWE comments on LaMelo Ball using racial slur during ‘Raw’

Terrell Owens, Michael Vick help launch flag football league

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Father of LSU player, LSU strength coach save Florida fan’s life at CWS

Report: 'No deal in sight' between Le'Veon Bell, Steelers

Report: Long-term deal for Kirk Cousins a 'long shot'

Adam Silver admits NBA’s draft lottery isn’t working

Francona said to be ‘fine’ after leaving game with health issue

Russell Westbrook gets emotional thanking family in MVP speech

Box Score 6/27: Monday is for all sorts of ballers

Big3 brings summer festival feel to basketball with barnstorming tour

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

The 'Tonight, we settle the Beard vs. Brodie debate' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The 8th Man Award for most overlooked player this year

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Disappearing Act Award for player who came up small

Getaway Day: Welcome back to the world, AL Central

Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

Players who need to turn around their season to save their teams

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Big3 brings summer festival feel to basketball with barnstorming tour

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

The 'Tonight, we settle the Beard vs. Brodie debate' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The 8th Man Award for most overlooked player this year

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Disappearing Act Award for player who came up small

Getaway Day: Welcome back to the world, AL Central

Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Billy King Award for worst trade

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker