I was watching CNN tonight, and Anderson Cooper filed a brief report on this.
Would you say these two looked happy together? I didn’t think so. “The frenemies met today to discuss how to get the country back on track,” said Cooper.
Hmm. Because my mind always takes me to Yankeeville, I began to ponder which Yankees are frenemies with which players, either from other teams or within their own organization. There must be genuine dislike between guys – they’re only human after all – and yet they still have to show up on the field together and pretend nothing’s amiss.
I could go back to ’77, for example, when Billy and Reggie had their issues.
And, staying with the intra-squad stuff for a moment, there was that squabble between JoPo and El Duque in ’83.
When the Yankees and Orioles went at it in ’98, lots of frenemies blossomed.
You remember. Armando Benitez drilled Tino, Graeme Lloyd ran in from the pen to take exception, Strawberry swung at Armando, and Alan Mills bloodied Straw. So much emotion that day.
2000 was the year of Clemens’ falling out with Mike Piazza.
Not that I blame Mike. Who wants to get hit in the head, then have a bat thrown at you?
In ’03, a famous frenemies relationship sprang up between Pedro and Zim.
It was followed the next year by the now-legendary A-Rod/Varitek coupling.
And on that very same day, two more players became frenemies: Tanyon and Gabe (with Oritz trying to horn in).
While I watched the World Series this year, I thought about Shelley Duncan and Jonny Gomes and the way they bonded in spring training.
Frenemies for sure.
There were sparks between various Yanks and Jays last year and physical contact between some Yanks and O’s this year. And even though they said they were sorry, I’ll bet Torii and Pudge are still frenemies after their shoving match in September.
But the relationship I’m really keeping my eye on is the one between Youkilis
and Joba, who looks positively radiant every time he sees Kevin.
If there are any frenemies I’ve missed, I hope you’ll let me know. Today was a slow news day, so we have to do what we can to fill the void.