Veteran Washington Post columnist Thomas Boswell noted on Twitter last night that there is history between Washington Nationals’ outfielder Adam Eaton and New York Mets’ infielder Todd Frazier from the time the two spent together in Chicago with the White Sox.
And, it all, apparently (is really dumb and) has to do with Eaton’s hustle on what was a bad team... ? Really?
“When Nats got Eaton there was tale that some Chisox mates in ‘16 didn’t like him because his hustle [with] team far out of race ‘showed them up,’” Boswell wrote.
“Asked GM [Mike] Rizzo: “I don’t know. But I hope it’s true. That’s [why] we want him.” (Frazier & Eaton, both there then, may have a different issue.)”
[ed. note - “Bruce Levine, a Chicago-based writer for WSCR-AM and 670thescore.com wrote on Twitter that the two actually had to be separated in the White Sox’ clubhouse at one point that season.”]
The differences between the two resurfaced last season, when a slide into second by Eaton injured (now-former) Mets’ infielder Phillip Evans.
The next time Eaton faced New York, Mets’ starter Zack Wheeler came up and in on him and knocked him down with a pitch. Eaton and Frazier started chirping at one another yet again.
What did Frazier say to him that time?
“I don’t know,” Eaton told reporters, as quoted by MASN’s Mark Zuckerman last August.
“When he usually talks or chirps, usually he says it just loud enough that you can hear him but you can’t understand him. So I’ll just leave it at that.”
Apparently Frazier wasn’t willing to let it go though, because he started chirping at Eaton again last night, in the first of four between the Nationals and Mets in Citi Field.
[ed. note - “Three years later, Todd? Hunter Strickland has nothing on you.”].
Eaton eventually had enough...
[ed. note - “You’ll have to squint to see this non-fight footage.”]:
Here's the exchange between Adam Eaton and Todd Frazier mentioned by @masnKolko, courtesy of the MASN broadcast: pic.twitter.com/0Orc8eKB8n— Tim Britton (@TimBritton) May 21, 2019
So what happened this time?
“Did something happen with you and Frazier?” a reporter inquired after the Mets’ 5-3 win.
“You asked that like you didn’t see anything,” Eaton said with a laugh.
“Yeah, I don’t know, gosh knows what goes on in that man’s mind ... but I don’t know, he’s chirping all the way across the infield, and I don’t know, he must really like me because he wants to get my attention, it seems like every time we come here to town, and he really cares what I think about him, I guess, I don’t know what the deal is. I don’t know if he wants to talk to me in person or have a visit, or what it is. But like I said, he’s always yelling across the infield at me. He’s making a habit of it, and he’s one of those guys that always says it loud enough so you can hear it, but you can’t understand it, so like I said, he’s making a habit of it.
“I ignored him a couple times as he’s chirping coming across, and I had it to the point where, you know, I’m not going to say the saying that I want to say, but you’ve got to be a man at some point, and so I turned around and had a few choice words with him, and then it’s funny, I was walking towards him and he didn’t really want to walk towards me, but as soon as somebody held him back then he was like all of a sudden was really impatient and like trying to get towards me, so like I said, just being Todd Frazier, so what’s new.”
Frazier declined to comment...
Todd Frazier, with his son Blake sitting in the chair next to him playing a game on a cell phone, said the chirping with Eaton was “nothing at all.”— Deesha Thosar (@DeeshaThosar) May 21, 2019
Todd Frazier had no interest in discussing his on-field dust-up with Adam Eaton tonight.— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) May 21, 2019
"It was nothing," Frazier said.
Asked how the issue started, Frazier repeated: "It was nothing." He did not elaborate further.
To quote Deputy Wendell in No Country For Old Men, “Woah, differences.”