- DJ Gallo, ESPN.com
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It was the “shush” heard 'round the world.
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera shushed fellow reliever Joba Chamberlain before Saturday’s game. Minutes later, Chamberlain told Rivera: “Don’t ever shush me.”
Yes, it was that bad. Things got crazy. One minute we had a regular pregame between the Yankees and Royals. The next we had the biggest shushing-related scandal between pitchers who aren’t good enough to be starters in baseball history.
The hammer then came down on Chamberlain. Hard. He was universally chastised for his loud-talking ways and for daring to tell a Yankees legend to not shush him.
Chamberlain was a loose cannon! Chamberlain was not exhibiting the class befitting a Yankee! Chamberlain should be traded or released posthaste!
Talking loudly to your family and then getting annoyed that you’ve been told to shush is simply not something a true Yankee can do. No. No way. It is something with which we will not put up.
What can a Yankees player do? Any of the following.
• Wear a gold thong under your uniform.
• Sweat all over a piece of baseball history.
• Get linked to illegal gambling.
• Faux apologize for taking steroids.
• Swap wives with a teammate.
• Never bother to learn the names of half of your teammates.
• Flirt with women behind the dugout during the playoffs.
• Break your hand punching a wall.
• Testify in federal court against a former teammate.
• Get linked to PEDs yet again.
But telling a teammate not to shush you when you’re talking to your family? Simply not acceptable.
Joba must go.