Sunday, May 12, 2013

Joba Chamberlain rebukes Mariano Rivera 3 times in full view of reporters and fans before game v Royals-NY Times

5/12/13, "Yankees’ Chamberlain Gives Rivera a Dugout Rebuke," NY Times, David Waldstein

"Mariano Rivera 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 was conducting a dugout interview after he had finished meeting with local families that have endured hardships. During the interview, Chamberlain was standing on the railing of the dugout signing autographs and speaking loudly to be heard above the public address system to members of his family in the stands. 

At one point Rivera called out, “Joba, suave,” and used a hand gesture for Chamberlain to keep the volume down. Rivera continued to speak with the reporters, but once the interview ended Chamberlain said to Rivera, “Don’t shush me.” 

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.”"

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