Todd Frazier separated from Adam Eaton in Mets-Nationals skirmish
It was not immediately clear what led to the argument.
The 2016 White Sox were historically blighted. That was the team where Chris Sale was suspended for insubordination after literally during batting practice before a start so he wouldn’t have to wear one. That was the team that nearly underwent a mutiny and then a counter-mutiny because Adam LaRoche’s 14-year-old son was and was then banned. It is simultaneously a blessing and a curse that the shockwaves of suck from that team are still being felt today.
But something happened on that White Sox team, between Adam Eaton and Todd Frazier. Something to make them lifelong enemies and also giant babies. Something thatin the Nationals-Mets game Monday night. Frazier took the high road—very temporarily, as it turns out—but Eaton opted for the ambiguous and petty road, declaring, among many other things, that “I’m a 30-year-old man with two kids. I’ve got a mortgage and everything. And he wants to loud-talk as he’s running off the field. I’ve got to be a man about it.”
Adam Eaton, Todd Frazier meet before game to hash out differences
Adam Eaton and Todd Frazier met before Tuesday’s Washington Nationals-New York Mets game to hash out some of their differences that have received attention this week. Eaton and Frazier made headlines after Eaton confronted Frazier on the field after grounding into a double play during the Nats’ 5-3 loss to the Mets during Monday’s game between the teams. Frazier declined to elaborate on their issues after the game, but Eaton did and called Frazier childish. Frazier responded somewhat on Tuesday. He said his issues with Eaton go back to their time as teammates on the Chicago White Sox in 2016, though he did not elaborate on what Eaton did to bother him.
The whole thing was very inscrutable and also entirely appropriate to be the main storyline for two garbage franchises perpetually rotting from the head. The sort of beef that had to exist. It couldn’t not. But the question still remains: Why exactly do these two baseball men dislike each other?
“Ask all 23 of those guys (on the 2016 White Sox) and they know what happened,” Todd Frazier said of Adam Eaton today.— Tim Britton (@TimBritton)
Quick correction: Twenty-four guys. Drake LaRoche definitely knows.
Frazier spent his pregame media availability Tuesday firing back. Please enjoy this monologue that begins with the line “At the end of the day, you think about what a man really is,” said in an extreme Jersey accent.
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Todd Frazier has responded. He called Adam Eaton immature, alluding to an incident when they were teammates with the White Sox.
Frazier also offered some advice for Eaton: "Pay off your mortgage."— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo)
Okay, first of all Todd, it might not be the financially wise thing for Adam to pay it off, no matter how much money he has. Given Eaton’s income and trends since the recession, he probably got himself a pretty damned low mortgage rate. Combine that with historic gains in the market, and he very well might be better off just investing his money and paying down his mortgage. Additionally, a long-term fixed-rate mortgage can be a good hedge against inflation—and while inflation is low now, that’s certainly not going to be the case over the remainder of Eaton’s mortgage, especially if it’s a 30-year. Only the Eatons’ accountant knows what’s right for them. Do not talk about another man’s mortgage.
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Ah, but it turns out, the joke has been on us all along. Eaton already owns his home outright!
Eaton said he doesn’t have a mortgage, guys. Was trying to show some humility. Said “clearly, I have a lot more than [Frazier].”
Called the whole thing high school stuff.— Brittany Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli)
We are all dumber for even the most distant association with the 2016 White Sox.
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