Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 12/13/12
The biggest stumbling block in the signing of Kevin Youkilis to the New York Yankees might not have been the Indians or the Dodgers, it could have been the Yankees' own Joba Chamberlain. There's been a lot of bad blood between the two ever since the Yankees' reliever buzzed a couple of 99-mph fastball past his old Red Sox rival's head during his rookie year in 2007.  The following year, Chamberlain almost tagged Youkilis again.  That throw prompted Youkilis to charge the mound before he was retrained by his Red Sox teammates. "He has great command until Youk gets in there," then Red Sox manager Terry Francona quipped about Chamberlain at the time. So in keeping with the spirit of the season — the offseason trading one — Chamberlain attempted to be the first Yankee to welcome Youkilis to New York when he phoned the third baseman to ease the tension before the two players have to share a clubhouse. Chamberlain's initial try resulted in leaving a voice mail for Youkilis, who will o...
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