NEW YORK -- The terrorist attack at the finish line of the Boston Marathon affected not only current residents of the city, but also people who used to live and work in Boston.
Like Kevin Youkilis.
"When something is familiar to you, it hits you different," said the former Red Sox infielder. "I've been down that street many, many times."
And he was shaken deeply by the bombings.
"[My family and I] were sick to our stomachs," Youkilis -- who, as you know, is now a Yankee -- said in a press conference Tuesday afternoon. "It turned into a lot of phone calls and worry. It [was] just a tragic day . . . We were very fortunate, reaching out to all the people we know [and found out that everyone] we know [is] okay.
"It ate me up a lot. I lost a little sleep about it. "
Youkilis is married to Tom Brady's sister, and they have many friends in Boston.
"I texted everyone I knew," he said. "Close friends. Cousin. For us, there are a few. [Former Patriots guard Joe] Andruzzi . . . I saw the picture of Joe (carrying a woman to safety), doing what Joe does best. He's a great man. It's awesome what he did. It's amazing."
"Patriots Day is an amazing day for baseball players," Youkilis said. "It's tough to get to field [because of the crowds]. It's an amazing thing . . . It's the most exciting day of the year [in Boston] . . . It's such a positive atmosphere . . .
"I've been on the finish line [before] . . . I would have been on the other side of the street from where it went off."
The Yankees plan to honor the victims tonight with the playing of Fenway Park's iconic 'Sweet Caroline,' and Youkilis hopes Yankee fans respond appropriately.
"It's important that we recognize we are all behind the people of Boston," he said. "It's a song that represents Boston. You have to put the baseball teams aside."