There were no hard feelings as Kevin Youkilis and Joba Chamberlain greeted each other Friday morning in the Yankees clubhouse, but there was plenty of talk about mustaches.
The former rivals finally met face-to-face as Youkilis made his second visit to Steinbrenner Field. Both players professed they did not feel awkward about shaking hands.
“I said hi to Joba today; we shook hands, he’s growing a mustache,” Youkilis said. “It’s all good. Tomorrow we’ll hug and it will all be fun. Everything is good. Life is good. There’s no reason to get all worked up on the second day.”
Chamberlain and Youkilis may not own any bad feelings toward each other now, but that wasn’t always the case. He had unleashed multiple pitches in the direction of Youkilis’ head in recent years, often drawing intense stares from the third baseman.
“We don’t live in the past, we live in the present,” Chamberlains said. “It’s one of those things where it’s done, it’s over with. It’s a handshake and a (fist) pound, and ‘Hey, let’s get after it.’ ”
Joe Girardi recalled Derek Jeter wearing full catcher’s gear the first time he took batting practice against Roger Clemens, who had drilled him many times before joining the Yankees.
“Your paths cross eventually; usually when you’re on the same team, things are okay,” Girardi said. “You remember those things, but you understand that it’s part of the game.”
Joba Chamberlain, Kevin Youkilis shake hands at Yankees spring training camp
New York Daily News | Feb 16