In early December, the New York Yankees found themselves in dire need of a third baseman thanks to Alex Rodriguez’s gimpy hip and the departure of the reliably useless Eric Chavez, so they went ahead and signed Kevin Youkilis to a one-year deal. The immediate thought once the laughter subsided was, will Youk and Joba Chamberlain finally mend their emotional needs with a soothing hug? So far, according to the New York Daily News, the answer is no.
Here’s Joba, who left a voicemail with the hairy third baseman, though has yet to hear back:
“I did everything I can do,” said Chamberlain. “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.”
Joba’s right, he did everything he could do, most of which includes informing the media that Kevin Youkilis has failed to return his phone call. Suddenly, a non-story has become a story; a story that no one cares is a story and a story that inspired the Daily News to use the word “frenemies,” making for one hell of a story. So rather than hash out their differences properly like Dorn and Vaughn, the baseball world shall not rest until Youk sends Joba, at the very least, a thumbs up emoticon.
On the bright side, there’s only 67 more days until Opening Day.