The Yankees may lead the AL East, but all is apparently not well in the Bronx.
Before the Yankees’ game on Saturday against the Royals, Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera shared a tense moment in front of fans and the media, according to the New York Daily News. Chamberlain was talking loudly with fans while Rivera was trying to speak to the media when the legendary closer shouted, ““Joba! Yo! Bro! Shhh. Stop it.”
Chamberlain did not handle being shushed well. The Yankees reliever was apparently speaking to his family at the time.
“Don’t ever shush me again,” Chamberlain said. “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.”
Rivera responded with a smile, according to the New York Daily News.
“I didn’t say not to talk to your family,” Rivera said. “That’s all right. You can talk to your family any time you want.”
Neither party had much to say about the incident after the game. All Chamberlain had to offer was “I’m not talking about it. That’s between me and Mo.” Chamberlain and Rivera confirmed they had not spoken since the verbal altercation.
“It’s amazing,” Rivera said. “We’ll take care of it. We’re grownups and I know better than that. We’ll take care of that.”
The spat didn’t affect Rivera on the mound. The closer picked up his 14th save of the season during the 3-2 Yankees win. Mo allowed just one hit and no runs during the outing, lowering his season ERA to 1.76. Chamberlain has a 3.86 ERA and 1.71 WHIP in 10 outings this season.
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