After their highly-publicized exchange of words in April, Youkilis and Bobby Valentine's war of words rekindled just before his first return to Fenway Park, but not nearly to the same degree. When asked if any "friction" existed in their relationship, Valentine responded, "I think that's a joke. .... I think the comment that I made early, he made a big issue out of and I don't think he ever wanted to get over it." Youkilis wouldn't respond to Valentine's comments, saying, "I got nothing about any of that stuff. I'm over all the Boston thing this year. There's a great past history but this year I'm focused on the White Sox."