NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Shortly after Kevin Youkilis’ signing, Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain reached out to welcome his former Red Sox rival to the Bronx.
His voicemail was never returned.
“I did everything I can do,” Chamberlain said Tuesday before the annual BAT fundraiser at the Marriott Marquis. “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.”
The Chamberlain-Youkilis feud at one point best symbolized New York’s fierce rivalry with Boston. Chamberlain was suspended for two games in 2007 for throwing a pair of fastballs over Youkilis’ head.
The bad blood extended into the 2008 season, when another iffy pitch resulted in an on-field screaming match.
“I’m bound to run into him at some point,” said Chamberlain. “Sooner rather than later. We’ll see what happens. We’re grown men.”
Now teammates, Chamberlain and Youkilis have both downplayed the discord.
Chamberlain said at the awards dinner that he’d “hug it out” with Youkilis this spring.
“I left a message, just to welcome him to our side,” he said. “To tell him that I’m glad he’s on our side for once, and to be able to win it on our side. I know it was the holidays and it was busy and stuff, so I’ll see him at spring training, we’ll hug it out and we’ll go forward.”
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