Earlier: A relatively nondescript matchup between the New York Mets and Washington Nationals got some unexpected fireworks on Monday night when former teammates Todd Frazier and Adam Eaton had to be separated on the field in between innings.
Frazier, the Mets’ third baseman, and Eaton, the Nationals’ right fielder, were teammates on the Chicago White Sox in 2016. They clearly don’t send each other family Christmas cards these days.
Last night, Eaton claims he heard Frazier yelling at him all night long, and he confronted him after grounding into an inning-ending double play in the top of the third. Asked about their running feud post-game, Eaton gave his version of events.
“I’m walking with my head down, play’s over, I’m walking away, I can still hear him,” Eaton said, via MLB.com. “I’m a 30-year-old man with two kids, got a mortgage and everything. He wants to loud talk as he’s running off the field. At the end of the day, I got to be a man about it. I tried to stay patient with the childishness, but it is what it is. I got to stand up eventually.”
This afternoon, Frazier responded. He alluded to an incident that happened when the two played in Chicago and taunted Eaton with a jab about his mortgage.
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." pic.twitter.com/TueTLtJVAp
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) May 21, 2019
Frazier declined to elaborate on the genesis of his beef with Eaton, telling reporters to “ask all 23 of those [other] guys [on the 2016 White Sox] what happened” and calling Eaton immature.
“If you know Adam like every team he’s been on, you hear what people say, you understand him,” Frazier said.
These two don’t like each other, and they have to play each other again tonight. Both players are in the lineup.
We’ll see if anything more comes of this rekindled conflict.
Update: Dan Bernstein of 670TheScore has some more background info on the Frazier-Eaton feud. It is as silly as it seems.
— 670 The Score (@670TheScore) May 21, 2019
The 2016 White Sox were a wild bunch, huh?