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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Joba Chamberlain still waiting for Kevin Youkilis to return his welcoming phone call

Must be out jamming with ANTiHEARD.

Chamberlain — who had a longtime feud with Youkilis while the third baseman was on the Red Sox — said the new Yankee never returned the voicemail the pitcher left him after Youkilis signed with the Bombers in December.

Is it lingering bad blood or just bad cell phone service?

We probably won’t know until the new teammates — or is it frenemies? — actually talk to each other.

“I did everything I can do,” said Chamberlain, who was in town to pick up a charity award. “I can’t control what Kevin Youkilis does, I can only control what I do and, you know what, we’ll go on from there.”

Asked if he was surprised Youkilis didn’t respond, Chamberlain said, “No, not really. I’m bound to run into him at some point. Sooner rather than later. We’ll see what happens. We’re grown men.”

Chamberlain seemed amused by questions about his relationship with Youkilis, chuckling softly when the subject was initially brought up. But there has been real heat between the men.

Repoz Posted: January 23, 2013 at 05:21 AM | 29 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: January 23, 2013 at 06:35 AM (#4353127)
I am still waiting for Scarlett Johansson to return my call.

Kate Upton got right back to me though. Sweet girl.
   2. Bitter Mouse Posted: January 23, 2013 at 07:50 AM (#4353136)
I love how leaving a message is "everything I can do". I am not saying he should do more, but it is clearly not everything, in fact it is pretty much the minimum he could do and still claim he was trying to smooth troubled waters.

EDIT: And Walt good luck with SJ, she is probably just busy. :)
   3. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: January 23, 2013 at 07:52 AM (#4353137)
This was a real thing? I assumed it was an Onion article.
   4. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: January 23, 2013 at 07:54 AM (#4353139)
I’m bound to run into him at some point.

When's the last time you actually ran Joba?

Telling the press that you called somebody and they didn't call back is a giant ##### move.
   5. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: January 23, 2013 at 08:52 AM (#4353154)
How do these numbers get passed around? It always fascinates me that people in sports have the ability to call/text virtually anyone in their sport. Joba reaching out to Youk isn't that surprising but it almost seems like these guys download an entire database into their phones. I work in an office with about 60 people and I sure as hell don't have everyone's phone number.
   6. Randy Jones Posted: January 23, 2013 at 09:12 AM (#4353163)
Since they are on the same team now, Joba could have contacted the Yankees front office for Youkilis's number. Otherwise, players will generally contact their agent who will call the other player's agent to get the info.
   7. Knock on any Iorg Posted: January 23, 2013 at 09:16 AM (#4353168)
But there has been real heat between the men.

This reads like an excerpt from a Literotica article.

Not that I ever visit that site you know.
   8. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: January 23, 2013 at 09:25 AM (#4353172)
Otherwise, players will generally contact their agent who will call the other player's agent to get the info.


Ah, that makes sense. Thanks.
   9. Tom Nawrocki Posted: January 23, 2013 at 09:28 AM (#4353177)
It amuses me the way these things get blown out of proportion and turned into Something Significant, just because it's sports and something has to fill all those 24-hour sports talk shows.

If you were starting a new job, and someone from your new office left you a voice mail welcoming you aboard, would you automatically call them back immediately? Or would you maybe just think, "Hey, that was a nice thing Joba did." Or maybe you'd think, "Hey I should call him back one of these days" but then just forget to do so. Or "When I start work, I'll have to thank him for his call."

And if you left a voicemail with someone who was about to start working with you, and they hadn't called back after a couple of weeks, would you assume something dastardly was going on? Would you start telling people you had done all you could to welcome your new team member?

Of course, in the real world, all of this would be utterly meaningless. But it's sports, so every move every person makes has to be Something Significant.
   10. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: January 23, 2013 at 09:37 AM (#4353184)
If you were starting a new job, and someone from your new office left you a voice mail welcoming you aboard, would you automatically call them back immediately?

If I moved to a company where they employed a guy who had once thrown a stapler at me and he made the attempt to say no hard feelings and welcome to the new job I'd probably give him a call back. If I didn't call back I'd like to think he wouldn't go around telling everybody about it before I'd even started the job and poisoning people against me. Is it important in the grand scheme of things? Of course not. Does it portend hilarious internecine squabbling as the Yanks descend to mediocrity? God, I hope so!
   11. Darren Posted: January 23, 2013 at 09:47 AM (#4353194)
Sounds pretty innocent on Joba's part. He already told people that he called Youk, which is understandable. Then he was at this function and they started asking about whether Youk got back to him. He could either clam up, which would give them the answer, or try to make it sound like no big deal. He did the latter. Probably could have said it a little better, but he's not a PR pro.
   12. phredbird Posted: January 23, 2013 at 10:30 AM (#4353228)
about 10 yrs ago, an AP sports reporter accidentally put his list of phone numbers up on the wire, where anyone could download it and print it. i had a copy of it. it was wild. i had kareem abdul jabbar's home phone number, bud selig's home phone, a bunch of others that i can't recall. hundreds of names. i don't remember the fallout, but i'm sure some of them had to change their numbers.
   13. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 23, 2013 at 10:39 AM (#4353235)
about 10 yrs ago, an AP sports reporter accidentally put his list of phone numbers up on the wire, where anyone could download it and print it. i had a copy of it. it was wild. i had kareem abdul jabbar's home phone number, bud selig's home phone, a bunch of others that i can't recall. hundreds of names. i don't remember the fallout, but i'm sure some of them had to change their numbers.


Did you call any of them?
   14. Ray (RDP) Posted: January 23, 2013 at 10:44 AM (#4353242)
If you were starting a new job, and someone from your new office left you a voice mail welcoming you aboard, would you automatically call them back immediately? Or would you maybe just think, "Hey, that was a nice thing Joba did." Or maybe you'd think, "Hey I should call him back one of these days" but then just forget to do so. Or "When I start work, I'll have to thank him for his call."


Who knows, who cares about this, but you're missing the issue: there is a history between them, so it's not the typical "Hey, welcome aboard!" voice mail that one receives and then either calls back or forgets to.
   15. villageidiom Posted: January 23, 2013 at 10:52 AM (#4353250)
If I moved to a company where they employed a guy who had once thrown a stapler at me and he made the attempt to say no hard feelings and welcome to the new job I'd probably give him a call back.
Some people apologize because they understand what they did was wrong and feel bad for the other person. Others apologize because they understand what they did has consequences for themselves, and they don't like having to suffer them. The latter deserve no acknowledgement.

It's not clear from the excerpt that Joba apologized for anything. But if he did, waiting until Youkilis was on the Yankees to do so is a way of suggesting his apology is all about Joba. Youkilis shouldn't stop being pissed off at Joba simply because Joba wants him to be.

(And from what I've seen in general in the last decade, being pissed off at someone is not an impediment to Youkilis doing his job.)
   16. eddieot Posted: January 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM (#4353283)
How do these numbers get passed around? It always fascinates me that people in sports have the ability to call/text virtually anyone in their sport. Joba reaching out to Youk isn't that surprising but it almost seems like these guys download an entire database into their phones. I work in an office with about 60 people and I sure as hell don't have everyone's phone number.

MLB actually distributes a directory with the phone numbers of every player, coach, manager and front office exec to its execs and to the MLBPA execs and agents. I'm quite sure the MLBPA distributes them to each player, or at the very least, each player rep.
   17. Ray (RDP) Posted: January 23, 2013 at 11:17 AM (#4353291)
The Clemens/Jeter situation is the model for this, isn't it? Clemens joined the Yankees and Jeter walked up to the plate in spring training loaded up with armor and they all had a corny laugh over it as the media and all the fans who care about this nonsense lapped it up.

Beyond that, Youkilis signed with the Yankees, so I'm sure he's not all that worried about the issue.
   18. jack the seal clubber (on the sidelines of life) Posted: January 23, 2013 at 11:22 AM (#4353297)
Asked if he was surprised Youkilis didn’t respondChamberlain said“Nonot reallyI’m bound to run into him at some pointSooner rather than laterWe’ll see what happensWe’re grown men 


I doubt many people are that concerned at this point what Joba likes or doesn't like.
   19. squatto Posted: January 23, 2013 at 11:24 AM (#4353300)
While we're talking silly baseball etiquette, there's this from the forthcoming Francona book:

By 2009, [Derek Jeter's] routine in Red Sox games involved acknowledging Francona before his first at-bat of each game. Approaching home plate, Jeter would look over into the Boston dugout and gesture toward the Sox manager with his hand or bat. If Francona was momentarily distracted, Jeter would step back and wait for a response before proceeding with his work.

"A couple of times somebody in our dugout would have to nudge me and say, 'Hey, look over at him! He's waiting for you to wave back,'' said Francona.

... Once Jeter established the ritual, coaches in the Red Sox dugout noticed A-Rod started to mime the gesture. Francona never noticed. He wouldn't intentionally ignore Rodriguez, but he had too much to do and there were usually runners on base by the time A-Rod came to the plate.


Courtesy of Touching all the bases.
   20. Dale Sams Posted: January 23, 2013 at 11:46 AM (#4353333)
I am still waiting for Scarlett Johansson to return my call.

Kate Upton got right back to me though. Sweet girl.


I'm still waiting on Deborah Foreman to return my e-mail.

Janis Ian got back with me though.
   21. squatto Posted: January 23, 2013 at 11:56 AM (#4353350)
Janis Ian got back with me though.

*Murmurs vague obscenity.*
   22. Darren Posted: January 23, 2013 at 11:57 AM (#4353352)

The Clemens/Jeter situation is the model for this, isn't it? Clemens joined the Yankees and Jeter walked up to the plate in spring training loaded up with armor and they all had a corny laugh over it as the media and all the fans who care about this nonsense lapped it up.


It's a little different, though, in that Clemens didn't have a history of throwing at/behind Jeter's head, did he?
   23. Rough Carrigan Posted: January 23, 2013 at 12:31 PM (#4353386)
I doubt many people are that concerned at this point what Joba likes or doesn't like.

Grocers. Bakeries. Farmers.
   24. Bob Tufts Posted: January 23, 2013 at 12:34 PM (#4353389)
merely Joba Chamberlain playing Glenn Close in "Fatal Attraction" - 'I will not be ignored!"
   25. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: January 23, 2013 at 12:41 PM (#4353397)
Has anyone seen my Stradivarius and my Steinway? I swear they were here just a few minutes ago. No world class soap opera is complete without them.
   26. smileyy Posted: January 23, 2013 at 12:52 PM (#4353413)
[3] Me too.
   27. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: January 23, 2013 at 12:56 PM (#4353421)
merely Joba Chamberlain playing Glenn Close in "Fatal Attraction" - 'I will not be ignored!"


Never seen the movie. I understand a rabbit got boiled, or something like that.

If so, Joba would of course eat it ASAP.
   28. Mirabelli Dictu (Chris McClinch) Posted: January 23, 2013 at 03:02 PM (#4353522)
Never seen the movie. I understand a rabbit got boiled, or something like that.

If so, Joba would of course eat it ASAP.


While complaining that it wasn't fried.
   29. RollingWave Posted: January 23, 2013 at 07:47 PM (#4353762)
Can't wait to see a Joba pickoff to 3rd and nailing Youkilis on the head... then the team can fight itself Major League 2 Style.

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