Kevin Youkilis became just the third Yankee in nearly 80 years to start a season opener with the Yankees after doing so with the Red Sox the previous year.

Pretty historic, right?

Depends on whom you ask.

“It’s just Opening Day,” Youkilis said after the Yankees lost 8-2 to the Red Sox yesterday in The Bronx. “More is made out of this than there is.”

Youkilis has downplayed the transition to pinstripes since saying that he’s “always be a Red Sox” when he arrived in Tampa for spring training in February. His attitude didn’t change yesterday.

“I’ve played New York Yankees baseball for over a month now,” Youkilis said. “We need to move past that. I’ve had this uniform on for a good six weeks.”

He also pointed out, accurately, that a lot of the names and faces in the Boston dugout have changed since he was traded to the White Sox after falling out with manager Bobby Valentine last year.

“A lot of guys on that team, I never played with,” Youkilis said.

He did admit playing his first game as a Yankee in his new home was memorable.