The New York Daily News has an interesting story today. Joba Chamberlain told reporters that Kevin Youkilis has failed to return a call from him.
When the Yankees signed Youkilis in December, Chamberlain placed a call to the hot-tempered former Red Sox infielder to welcome him to the team. He left a message and Youkilis never called back.
“I did everything I can do,” Chamberlain said. “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.”
Chamberlain said he wasn’t surprised.
“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,” he said.
Chamberlain has a well-documented history with Youkilis, hitting him once and throwing near his head a few times. But in most cases, players put personal differences aside once they become teammates.
The Yankees clubhouse has plenty of leaders and surely this situation will iron itself out. But it’s probably fair to say Youkilis and Chamberlain won’t be going out in Little Italy for dinner any time soon.