Mariano Rivera and Joba Chamberlain have apparently made up after what was apparently a testy exchange between the two Yankee pitchers.
The issue started when Rivera was giving a pre-game talk to some reporters in the dugout. Not far away, Joba Chamberlain was talking to family members and signing autographs rather loudly.
At some point, the sure hall of fame closer turned to the middle reliever and said “Joba, suave,” while using a hand gesture meant to get the young man to bring his volume down.
Chamberlain didn’t take kindly to being asked to quiet down and apparently after the interviews were over he told one of the greatest closers in the game to “never shush me.”
Mariano Rivera apparently thought the young man was kidding, but Joba made sure he understood it was no joke.
Going toe to toe with one of the best pitchers in baseball and a team leader can become a bit of a problem in the clubhouse. It does appear as if this situation has been settled before it got out of control.
Yesterday morning, the closer said that the two have talked since the incident. The team has said that they are one big happy family and everything is hunk dory.
Shushgate appears to be something that is now much ado about nothing, but, when you are playing on one of the biggest stages in professional sports, small issues get magnified.
“It’s over with, it’s done, it’s really not an issue in the first place,” Chamberlain said.
The sure-fire hall of famer added that this is generally something teammates take care of in house. Unfortunately, this time in happened in front of the media.
Joba didn’t admit that he apologized for getting in his teammate’s face, but he did say the two joked and laughed afterwards.
Do you believe that Mariano Rivera and Joba Chamberlain have put “Shushgate” behind them?