"You can be popular one week and ... bomb the next," he said. "This game's crazy and you've just got to keep grinding it out."
So if Youkilis could run for mayor of the South Side — ceding the North Side to the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo — then Floyd could be his assistant after they combined Saturday to lead the Sox to a 2-0 victory over the Blue Jays, the 11th win in the last 14 tries for the surging first-place Sox.
"It's great," Youkilis said about the good times he has experienced since his change from Red Sox to White. "It's good to get wins every time we're out here, but in the fashion we're doing it. Close games, there's only been one blowout. That's the key to being on top, winning the close games."
The close ones are coming in part because of Youkilis, who smacked a two-run homer over the center-field fence in the fifth inning, giving him 13 RBIs in 12 games with the Sox.
And then there's the Jekyll-and-Hyde Floyd. His ERA in seven victories this season is 1.35. His ERA in eight losses is 7.97.
Obviously, Saturday was the popular Floyd.
"He was great," manager Robin Ventura said. "Anytime he got in trouble, he was able to induce some ground balls and the defense helps him out.
"But that's the way he pitches, to keep you off-balance and get that ground ball when you need to."
Floyd allowed only four hits and walked two. He finished the sixth and seventh with double-play ground balls before turning the game over to Matt Thornton for his second save.
"He threw the ball great," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said of Floyd. "He worked fast. He commanded all his pitches.
"There wasn't a lot of dead time in between pitches and he was super aggressive, which is something we have been harping on him about. It was nice to see and to see him get the results he got."
But right now, Floyd has to take a back seat to Youkilis, who is hitting .311 with the Sox. Part of the trade with Boston, Brent Lillibridge, got his first hit Friday.
"It's hard to say you expect it," Ventura said, "but you like having guys on base and you like him in tough situations because he just continues to find the right pitch and continues to battle."
If you think Youkilis is going to be drawn into any controversies with his old team, you would be mistaken.
"This has nothing to do with the Red Sox," he said when asked about vindication. "I play for the White Sox and I'm here to play for the White Sox."
And so far he has been playing very well.