Joba Chamberlain has done some dumb things while with the Yankees with his DUI and the time he broke his ankle on a trampoline being the dumbest. Unfortunately this latest incident, a very public run-in with Mariano Rivera, shows that Joba’s not exactly getting any smarter with age.
Yesterday, in front of reporters and fans, Joba snapped at Rivera telling him, “don’t ever shush me again,” after Rivera told him to stop yelling while he was taking part in an interview.
Here’s the entire story from Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News:
Before the game, while Rivera sat in the dugout speaking with reporters, Chamberlain was standing by the railing at the top of the dugout signing autographs for fans, shouting as he interacted with people in the stands.
Rivera paused during one answer and joked to reporters, “Is this guy always loud like this?”
Rivera chuckled before proceeding with his answer, but Chamberlain’s shouting continued — and may have grown even louder. Rivera seemed to lose his train of thought as Chamberlain’s voice rose, prompting the closer to call out to his younger teammate to ask him to be quiet.
“Joba! Yo! Bro!” Rivera shouted. “Shhh. Stop it.”
Chamberlain quickly replied, telling Rivera that he was talking with family.
“You do this every day,” Chamberlain said, referring to Rivera’s meeting with the media. “I don’t get to see my family every day.”
Rivera finished his five-minute session while Chamberlain continued signing autographs, though Chamberlain could be heard telling people in the stands, “I look at it every day. I have to be quiet. . . . They’re doing an interview.”
As Rivera wrapped up his interview, he began to stand up from the dugout when Chamberlain looked into the dugout.
“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.”
I probably shouldn’t say Joba is dumb for these actions. It would probably be more appropriate to call him extremely immature. Mariano Rivera is possibly the most respected athlete in baseball. During his very long career I don’t recall a single run-in with any player on any team ever. Yet during his final season Joba Chamberlain is going to get upset with him and make a scene in front of reporters while Mo is discussing a family who lost it’s 10-year-old son with reporters.
I’ve made it clear that I did not like the way that the Yankees gave up on Joba the starting pitcher so quickly, but a lot of his failure to develop falls on his shoulders. Joba is a clown who just never seems to realize the extraordinary opportunity he’s been given.
A free agent at the end of this season, it has seemed like Joba is on his way out the door for a while now. After this, after disrespecting Mariano Rivera, of all people, it’s going to ruffle some feathers and it becomes even harder to see him staying in Pinstripes after this season.
Heck, I wonder if the Yankees won’t just trade him sooner than that.
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