5/12/13, "Yankees’ Chamberlain Gives Rivera a Dugout Rebuke,
" NY Times, David Waldstein
has been the focus of adoring affection everywhere he has gone in
baseball since announcing that this would be his final season. As part
of his farewell tour, he has been meeting with fans and team employees
in each city he visits.
On Saturday, however, he was the recipient of an admonishment,
from a teammate, Joba Chamberlain
Rivera initially thought Chamberlain was joking, but Chamberlain
reiterated the point twice more with a stern expression, saying: “I’m
serious. Don’t ever shush me.”
Rivera said he explained to Chamberlain that he was not telling him he
could not speak with his family members, but that Rivera was not able to
hear the questions he was being asked.
The exchange between Rivera and Chamberlain, Yankee teammates since
2007, lasted only seconds, but happened in full view of reporters and
fans. Nevertheless, it did not stop Rivera from continuing his
interactions with fans.
Before the verbal scuffle with Chamberlain, Rivera met with a local
family who lost a 10-year-old son in an accident at an airport in
Alabama. Also present at the 45-minute event was a boy in a wheelchair
who started a backyard baseball league for children with disabilities
and another boy with Ewing’s sarcoma cancer.
“This one was touching,” Rivera said. “Emotional.”
Rivera said the event was motivating because the families continued to
move forward, and he said he would keep praying for them.
“It was amazing,” he said. “I was in tears.”"