Rest easy, world: Kevin Youkilis and Joba Chamberlain have buried the hatchet. Or at least they've started to.
According to Erik Boland of Newsday, Chamberlain said he's received a text message from Youkilis and that he hopes this "puts story of bad blood between them to bed".
Chamberlain and Youkilis have a history of bad blood, dating back to Youk's days with the Red Sox. Chamberlain said last month that Youkilis hadn't returned a voice message he'd left after Youk signed as a free agent with the Yankees, leading to more speculation that the ill will between them would continue now that they're teammates.
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Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.
"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."
No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .
. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.