The one exception may be manager Bobby Valentine, who told Boston reporters that Youkilis "made a big deal" over Valentine's contention in April that Youkilis didn't appear as mentally or physically ready as in past seasons.
"I got nothing about any of that stuff," Youkilis said. "I'm over all the Boston thing this year. There's a lot of great past history, but this year, I'm focused on the White Sox."
Youkilis, however, reiterated his appreciation to the Red Sox fans that he stated in a letter to ESPNBoston.com.
"I'm looking forward to seeing some people," said Youkilis, who played 8½ seasons in Boston. "It will be good to see some players I played with and people that have been around that city."
Teammates David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia are just as eager to see Youkilis.
"It's going to be weird," Pedroia told the Boston Globe. "We text all the time. All the guys send out funny pictures and messages and have a group text. It's fun."
Said Ortiz: "I knew he would come back the way he did."
Youkilis admitted he'll have mixed emotions but will have to maintain his focus.
"It's what the game brings you," said Youkilis, who was traded on June 24. "A lot of people there will be cheering me on and some people who won't be. But that's the way it is in sports."
Crain's climb: Reliever Jesse Crain believes he could start a minor league rehabilitation assignment as soon as Friday after throwing a 30-pitch bullpen session.
"I'll probably have to do a rehab and throw at least once or twice, depending upon what they want me to do," said Crain, who hasn't pitched since June 23 because of a right shoulder strain. "I'll get at least another bullpen or (throw batting practice) this week, and then be ready hopefully after that for a game situation."
Crain hopes to rejoin the Sox by next week.