Prior to Saturday’s game between the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals, Yankees legendary closer Mariano Rivera was speaking with reporters in the dugout, a pretty routine occurrence.
According to a New York Daily News report, though, things got a little testy and awkward during the interview.
Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain was at the top of the dugout interacting with fans and reportedly being quite loud, which prompted Rivera to look at him and say, “Joba! Yo! Bro! Shhh. Stop it.”
Chamberlain was apparently speaking with his family, though, and Rivera’s remark struck a nerve. From the NY Daily News report:
“Don’t ever shush me again,” said Chamberlain, who started his career as a reliever before becoming a starter for the Yankees and is now in the bullpen again. The Yankees employed the so-called Joba Rules earlier in his career when they monitored his inning and pitch counts.
Rivera nodded with a bit of a smile, at which point Chamberlain — looking stone-faced without a trace of a smile — said, “Seriously. Don’t ever shush me again. I don’t get to see my family very often.”
Rivera opted not to get into an argument, telling Chamberlain, “I didn’t say not to talk to your family. That’s all right. You can talk to your family any time you want.”
The Yankees currently are atop the American League East, holding a one-game lead on both the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox. This incident seems minor, but it will be interesting to see if it escalates to anything further.
H/T to Hardball Talk.
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