New York Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain has had a disappointing career in the Bronx to say the least. Once thought to be a future ace for the organization, who’s been relegated to the bullpen for the last three-plus years, and his numbers have been in the category of nothing special. For someone who’s already on thin ice with fans and (probably) with Yankees brass, it’s probably not in his best interest to piss off the man who’s saved more games over the last 19 seasons than anyone who’s ever set foot on a pitcher’s mound.
According to the Associated Press, Joba the Hut got into it with Miriano Rivera in front of fans and the media after Rivera asked him to lower his voice a little while the future Hall of Famer was conducting an interview.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — New York Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain scolded teammate Mariano Rivera before Saturday night’s game, telling the star closer never to “shush” him.
New York media reports said the brief rebuke occurred before the Yankees beat Kansas City 3-2.
Rivera was talking to reporters in the dugout about his “emotional” meeting with local fans earlier in the day, while Chamberlain was standing just outside the bench chatting with his family.
At one point, Rivera told Chamberlain to lower his voice. Once Rivera’s interview was done, Chamberlain told Rivera in front of reporters: “Don’t ever shush me.”
Chamberlain then reiterated his message, saying he was serious about it. After the game, the players said the issue was between them to handle.
Pretty ballsy for a man who’d be lucky to even get a whiff of Rivera’s jockstrap.
The only things he should be saying to the greatest closer to ever play the game are, “How can I resuscitate my career?,” and, “May I please clean the bottom of your cleats today, Mr. Rivera?”