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Pregame notes: “It shouldn’t happen”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 12, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mariano Rivera

I made a choice yesterday. Batting practice was going on, and I wasn’t planning to write much about Mariano Rivera’s latest stop along his farewell tour — it’s always good, interesting stuff, but I simply wasn’t writing much about it this time — so I went upstairs to start my pregame notes and get the blog updated. I knew Rivera was talking to reporters after BP, but it simply didn’t have much to do with what I was writing, and I decided it would be better to get the pregame notes posted and my early newspaper stories filed.

So I wasn’t in the dugout for the suddenly infamous Joba/Mo confrontation. I believe there were four beat writers there, and the story began to circulate. It was unusual, two teammates — one of them Mariano Rivera, no less — were legitimately upset with one another in a public setting, directly in front of media and fans. It doesn’t happen often, but it happened yesterday.

“He’s a brother to me,” Joba Chamberlain said today. “I’m pretty sure everybody has ha an argument with their sibling at one time or another. It was good. I saw him, we laughed and joked this morning. It’s just another day. … I wouldn’t change it. I wouldn’t change anything I do in life. It happens, it happens. you fess up to it, you talk about it, you laugh and move on. That all you can do. It’s not really a story to begin with.”

Here’s the basic story of what happened: Rivera was doing an interview in the dugout. Chamberlain was standing nearby, talking loudly with fans and family (Chamberlain is from Nebraska and has a huge group at the ballpark this weekend). Rivera asked Chamberlain to be quieter so he could do the interview. Chamberlain took exception to being asked to stay quiet and confronted Rivera about it.

“It shouldn’t happen,” Rivera said. “These are not things that we need to bring in front of you guys or anybody. But it happened and I hope you guys (understand), this is done. This is, again, in-house and we keep it like that.”

Chamberlain told reporters that he saw no reason to apologize and would not change anything about yesterday’s interaction — “I wouldn’t change it. I wouldn’t change anything I do in life,” he said — but Rivera said that Chamberlain did, in fact, apologize today. It is a big deal? Probably not, except that it’s a glimpse at teammates in a way that we rarely see them. And obviously it carries more weight because of the personalities involved. Was Rivera angry or insulted?

“No, I’m better than that,” Rivera said. “When you’re in the team or you’re in the family for so long, you know the members of your family, you know what I mean? He’s a good kid, man. He’s a good kid. Sometimes we all say things that we don’t mean to say. It’s the way it is, and I keep it like that. That doesn’t make me angry because something like that happened. You guys were there in the meeting with the family. That is different. There’s a lot of other things that I have to worry about. I’m better than that, guys, so thank you.”

Ivan Nova• Ivan Nova will not start one of tomorrow’s doubleheader games. He was playing catch today and felt something in his left side, which is a new injury. Girardi said it happened to recently to know what the injury is or what it means long term. For now, it means Nova is out of the mix for tomorrow.

• David Phelps is starting tomorrow’s first game, but who starts the second? Girardi said it won’t be CC Sabathia. The top choices are either Adam Warren or Vidal Nuno, depending on whether the Yankees have to use one of them today. That said, Girardi said the Yankees will likely have a Triple-A starter on standby in a Cleveland hotel in case the team has to make a move between games.

• From my friend Donnie Collins: The Yankees scratched Brett Marshall from today’s scheduled start. They also took second baseman Corban Joseph out of the lineup. I’m putting two and two together just like Donnie is. My best guess — and apparently Donnie is hearing this from someone – is that the Yankees will add Joseph as their 26th man tomorrow, and then keep Marshall on standby. If I had to guess, I’d say that Adam Warren starts tomorrow’s second game and Marshall replaces Nuno if Nuno is needed either today or in tomorrow’s first game. I know Girardi said he wanted a pitcher as that 26th man, but having Marshall ready between games is basically the same thing. And there really isn’t another pitching option on the 40-man unless the Yankees are going to call someone from Double-A or take a chance on Dellin Betances.

• Speaking of tomorrow, Girardi said he won’t play Robinson Cano in the field for both games. He also won’t play Vernon Wells in the field for both games. That likely means a DH game for Cano and a game on the bench for Wells.

• Eduardo Nunez is going to try to swing later this week. If that goes well, he could go for a short rehab stint, but the Yankees are hopeful that he won’t miss any more than 15 days. He’s already missed seven, counting today.

• Alberto Gonzalez has arrived. He’s a slick fielder, but not much of a hitter. He gives the Yankees a legitimate shortstop.

• Girardi once again indicated that it’s at least possible Curtis Granderson could be activated in the next few days. “It’s probably worth it to have a call with him sometime tomorrow to see where he feels he’s at,” Girardi said. “That will give us a better idea.”

• According to Donnie, the Yankees have traded Juan Cedeno to the Braves. Cedeno is now on the Gwinnett roster.

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26 Responses to “Pregame notes: “It shouldn’t happen””

  1. Niblick May 12th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Rivera: “I’m better than that”. What a monumental ego.

  2. blake May 12th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    blake says:
    May 12, 2013 at 1:30 pm
    YF ,
    You at the thunder game? I’m watching online and ram looks dominant thus far

  3. yankeehotelfoxtrot May 12th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Joba is just such knucklehead!! His chances of being a Yankee next season, if they weren’t already, are pretty much gone, and I’ll be pleased. It’s like the dude’s skull is full of rocks or something…what a putz.

  4. Rich in NJ May 12th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    What happens between Mo and Joba is none of my business.

  5. yankeefeminista May 12th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Blake, yes; he is dominating. Scouts galore and Yanks brass watching the start. Change and slider looking nasty.

  6. luis May 12th, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    What about FB? 97? with lots of movement?

  7. tucker May 12th, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Yeah, have to agree Joba won’t be with the Yanks next year. Has nothing to do with this Mo spat. The team just won’t pay him to be in the pen. Maybe a team like the Astros gives him another crack at the rotation.

    Mo is Mo and that is one guy you don’t disrespect. He has earned that. Still, Mo’s “good kid” comments this morning are a tad patronizing. Maybe there has been some simmering tension between these guys over the years. Or maybe Joba senses his time in pinstripes is coming to an end. He kept that mustache longer than George would have allowed …

  8. Rich in NJ May 12th, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    So Ramirez is still untouchable.

  9. yankeefeminista May 12th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Luis, yes last K was 96 on the lefty.

  10. Against All Odds May 12th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Or maybe Joba senses his time in pinstripes is coming to an end. He kept that mustache longer than George would have allowed …


    I think he’s been bidding his time on the Yankees for the last few yrs now.

    George always allowed mustaches.

  11. yankeefeminista May 12th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    He’s having some trouble locating change as well this ending, but also just got K on the slider, which looks really good so far.

  12. yankeefeminista May 12th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I wanted Marshall to pitch Monday. Is that confirmed yet?

  13. jacksquat May 12th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    It shouldn’t be too long before Ramirez is moved up to AAA. Of course they would have to make room for him…

  14. blake May 12th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    J ram mowin Uhm down. 6 Ks through 4…..just struck out a guy on a slider and the hitter before a 96 mph 2 seamer that came back and caught the inside corner to a lefty…..dude isn’t far away if his slider gets more consistent

  15. jacksquat May 12th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    No walks so far for Ramirez. ;)

  16. blake May 12th, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Looks like he’s thrown some sliders that have slipped and gotten away from him but he’s also thrown some really good ones too…..his stuff is just dominant

  17. luis May 12th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    yankeefeminista May 12th, 2013 at 1:56 pm
    I wanted Marshall to pitch Monday. Is that confirmed yet?


    What they are saying here is that Warren will start one of the games… They are supposedly bringing up CJ and keeping Marshall ready incase they use Nuno today

  18. UnKnown May 12th, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Waldman in an interview they played on the pregame over the radio took Joba to task a little bit. Pretty direct questions.

    KC honored MO with all class just now. According to SW

  19. blake May 12th, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Imagine if Pineda, Ramirez, and Depaula all panned out…..

  20. yankeefeminista May 12th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Blake, yeah in that 4th inning but otherwise slider looks really good. Nasty one on that last K.

  21. yankeefeminista May 12th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Thais Luis

  22. Rich in NJ May 12th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    “Imagine if Pineda, Ramirez, and Depaula all panned out…..”

    I’ll settle for two of three, and two of Sanchez, Austin, Murphy, Heathcott

  23. willkamm May 12th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Niblick May 12th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Rivera: “I’m better than that”. What a monumental ego.
    That comment struck me also. kind of jumps out at you. I didn’t expect that.

  24. RespectTheGame May 12th, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Rivera: “I’m better than that”. What a monumental ego.

    I disagree.

    Like all of us, he has an ego.

    Much, much smaller than most it seems to be so concerned about others that he goes way out of his way to help those with some terrible circumstances that have happened upon them.

    If that one sentence is the worst thing some can find in Rivera, good job.

    Joba: “I wouldn’t change it. I wouldn’t change anything I do in life.”

    Considering all the trouble he creates on and off the field, that is the perfect example of a monumental ego.

  25. Abe Peterham May 12th, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Analyzing comments can get anyone in trouble .
    What I don’t understand is that everyone acts like Joba is a trouble maker,,, what’s the justification for that in his history? Has he got into arguments w others ? Acted as if he’s better than he was?…
    Players have to have egos, he probably felt like he was a child being scolded , and wasn’t thrilled..

    As for Mo’s comment that ” I’m better than that”
    It is odd, maybe he meant he doesn’t let family arguments that are resolved linger resentment…
    Or is he being arrogant and saying he’s better than Jobas obtuse actions? I’m betting its the former…

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