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Reportedly, before the Yankees game against the Royals on Saturday, Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera exchanged words in the clubhouse. Apparently Rivera was having trouble hearing the media’s questions because Chamberlain was speaking to loud to his family. Rivera said “Joba! Yo! Bro! Shhh. Stop it.”
Joba was having none of that from Rivera. Chamberlain responded back with ““Don’t ever shush me again. Seriously. Don’t ever shush me again. I don’t get to see my family very often. You [speak to the media] every day. I don’t get to see my family every day.”
Joba does have a point, with the job of being a Major League baseball player, you rarely get to see your family throughout the year. So when they do actually get to see their family it must be a relief. For Rivera to scold Joba over him enjoying his time with his family, seems way out of line.
In Rivera’s defense he immediately smiled and backtracked on his comments. Rivera is one of the most respected people in all of baseball so of all the people that Chamberlain could get into it with, Rivera isn’t exactly the ideal candidate.
Both sides said that it wasn’t a big deal afterwards and that they would work it out among themselves. Chamberlin was stunned that the media had even taken it as far as they did. ”There’s no need to apologize. For what? It’s over with. It’s done. It’s really not an issue in the first place.” Leave it to the New York media to give us enticing stories that can be argued whether its a big deal or not.
The scuffle didn’t effect the Yankees in the game as they beat the Royals to grab sole possession of first place in the AL East. Rivera notched his 14th save of the season, allowing 1 hit in 1 inning pitched.
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