Welcome to New York, Kevin Youkilis.
The new Yankees infielder put his foot in his mouth on the first day of spring training with a comment he considered harmless at the time but now knows "by itself looks terrible."
Youkilis, who spent more than eight years with the Yankees' archrival Boston Red Sox before being traded to the Chicago White Sox in the middle of last season, told reporters, "I'll always be a Red Sock."
That comment made back-page headlines in New York tabloids and was a major topic of conversation on local sports-talk radio. Youkilis addressed the situation Friday in a lighthearted session with reporters, saying he first found out how big a deal it was when he logged on to the Internet that night.