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Eric Chavez got upset that the A’s enjoyed themselves on Saturday

Sep 24, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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The Yankees and Athletics played a 14 inning game on Saturday. It was kind of a wild one. But Eric Chavez wanted the A’s to know that their enthusiasm, excitement and general tomfoolery was out of line:

After Saturday’s 10-9 Yankee win, Chavez told the Post’s Joel Sherman that following each of Oakland’s three homers in the 13th inning, he saw the majority of the team’s bench doing “an orchestrated clapping, chanting” celebration. Chavez labeled it “high school-ish” and “pretty unprofessional,” while also saying, “I am all for having fun, but that crossed the line.”

I didn’t see it so I guess it’s possible it went sorta crazy, but in a world where every year a team comes up with some new totally-contrived thing like Antler Claws or Beast Mode or — shudder, getting pies in the face! — or whatever, I think some clapping and jumping around in a dugout after a home run is gonna be OK. Especially for a young team that is doing stuff that no one thought it was supposed to be doing.

And I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess that a 24 year-old Eric Chavez got a little excited during that mega winning streak the Moneyball A’s went on in late 2002.

  1. Kevin Gillman - Sep 24, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    It was the goatee that did the celebrating in 2002, not the man known as Eric Chavez.

    • abbeyleeishot - Sep 24, 2012 at 9:35 PM

      Well as an A’s fan i want to tell Eric Chavez what a bitch he is. This guy took so much cash from the A’s and then sat out game after game because her back hurt. The A’s could have had Miggy but no we got stuck with this lil bitch and her bad back.

      • Kevin Gillman - Sep 24, 2012 at 9:40 PM

        Yeah it doesn’t paint him in a positive light. Just be grateful he is still playing baseball, and be happy for Oakland.

  2. thefalcon123 - Sep 24, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    “And I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess that a 24 year-old Eric Chavez got a little excited during that mega winning streak the Moneyball A’s went on in late 2002.”

    Eric Chavez was on that team? I got the impression from the film that the 2002 A’s won entirely from the contributions of David Justice, Scott Hatteberg and Chad Bradford, and that those three played all 9 positions.

    • thefalcon123 - Sep 24, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      (this is not to say it wasn’t a very good movie that did the impossible in adapating an almost unfilmable book. It just would have been nice to at least briefly mention that the league MVP, Cy Young winner, two other great starters and one of the game’s elite 3rd basemen were also on that team.)

      • cur68 - Sep 24, 2012 at 1:54 PM

        Right on all counts, Falco but hey man Jonah Hill kept his pants on, Pitt was not seen kissing any females, and they kept the ending just like the A’s season worked out. Could have been worse s’what I’m saying.

  3. bblair917 - Sep 24, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    I was at the game sitting a few rows behind the OAK dugout. It sounded like a college softball cheer/chant thing was going on. It was going for quite a bit. It did seem, to me, that there was some intention behind it…not sure if they knew they were getting to Chavez or not but who knows. It ended kind of abruptly too, like possibly someone said that might be enough. I’ve seen and heard similar things during the Carribbean World Series games and in the WBC as well, so who knows. IMO it was a little much for MLB.

  4. willclarkgameface - Sep 24, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    WAAAAAAHHHH Eric Chavez. Aren’t there better things to bitch about? I mean, you won the damn game.

    They weren’t antagonizing anyone. They were just doing their part in being…oh I don’t know…A TEAM.

    Who cares. Shut up about it. Win your games. Baltimore is on your ass!

  5. mattymatty - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Guess Eric Chavez is a true Yankee.

    • vallewho - Sep 24, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      Not until the YES network says so.

  6. brazcubas - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Chavez would also appreciate it if the A’s would stay off his lawn.

    • tfbuckfutter - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      “I am all for having fun, but that crossed the line.”

      Chavez went on to describe some fun things one can engage in without crossing the line. They include having a nice lime rickey or going down to the board walk and enjoying some taffy. Maybe take in a talkie.

  7. theawesomersfranchise - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    OMG those teammates having fun while playing a game and being good teammates.


    Chavez is one of the Yankees feeling the heat in this playoff race…..

    • yournuts - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      Obviously they pissed off Chavez and the Yankees so much that the Yankees came back and won the game.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:18 PM

        You always thumbs up your own posts? Desperate for approval says so much

        So ya, YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS you’re so right, up to that point the Yankees were not motivated enough to win the game. They decided when they seen the A’s having fun it was time to try to win.

        (nevermind the whole pennant race)

        And let me say Bravo on making a screen name like You’reNuts…. Oh wait, you spelled it the way a beauty school drop out would.

      • bblair917 - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:29 PM

        kind of a fan of yourself there awesomers huh? we’ll be sure to run our comments, and thumbing decisions, by you prior to posting from now on.

      • escapingexile - Sep 24, 2012 at 3:05 PM

        For arguments sake, awesomers, it is quite possible he is talking about the nuts of everyone else. In that case, your nuts would be entirely correct. If you are going to be the grammar police, at least try not to be so short sighted.

      • cur68 - Sep 24, 2012 at 3:44 PM

        “Nevermind” is 2 words. Irony, eh?

  8. tom-a-hawk - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Heaven forbid that players just start banging their hands together uncontrollably in excitement during a baseball game….if Chavez thinks this is unprofessional, I’ve been teaching our little leaguers the wrong thing for years.

  9. pandaaa69 - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    he shouldn’t be talking you look at Rafael Soriano he comes in for one fucking inning and he untucks his shirt.. he makes it seem he pitched the whole game

    • bblair917 - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      Happy Internet Tough Guy Day everybody!!!

    • bronxbomber213 - Sep 24, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      so the dude can untuck his shirt after the game is over..i played baseball since I was 5 and after the last out my shirt comes out? what’s wrong with that? must he wait til he’s in the tunnel? I mean u got dudes like Fernando Rodney shooting arrows or whatever after he wins…what’s ur take on that?

  10. Brian Donohue - Sep 24, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Agree with Chavez — let’s go back to the 19th c. when everyone wore suits and ties and handlebar moustaches and when you went in to bat you left your glove on the ground for the other team’s player to use. And no high-5s or fist bumping, just ordinary hand shakes after a HR. And everyone has a real job besides baseball and they’re all “white, we’re white, we’re really really white” (go to YT and see MST3K Mr. B Natural).

    • bronxbomber213 - Sep 24, 2012 at 4:03 PM

      what’s race have to do with it dummy?

  11. shockgee - Sep 24, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Oh boo F-ing hoo!!!! Once you put on those pinstripes and your manager is Joe Girardi, whining and entitlement is also included in your contract. Chavez, eat it! Along with that entire Yankee lineup. Come on over half that roster is juicing. How bout the league take a long look at the likes of Granderson, Swisher, Ibanez, Ichiro and yes, Cano. Heck, look at Jeter and Martin as well. All too good to be true numbers. And yes that little league stadium may have something to do with it, but no way a hitting coach ignites a 30 plus HR increase.

    Oh yeah, back to the main point… .Wahhhhhhh!!! Wahhhhhhhh!!!! Waahhhhhhhh!!!! Call the Wahhhhmbulence, Chavez’s pus-sie hurts!!!!

    • bronxbomber213 - Sep 24, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      so basically if ur good and u play for the Yankees ur on roids then huh? nevermind that Martin just got up over .200, granderson hits 230 and strikes out at least 2-3x a game, swisher has numbers on par with the rest of baseball with his .260 20-25 bombs and 85 RBIs, Cano who hitting in the 3rd slot won’t break 100 RBIs this year and hit 30 homers for the first time in his career and ibanez..well if u think he’s on roids let me hit what ur smoking, ichiro is enjoying playing for a contender finally and has always been the type of player he’s showing now and last but not least jeter who’s having a phenomenal year just like he has been for 20 all that is too good to be true..ur an idiot bro!! oh and that little league staduim has one of the seeped power ally’s in baseball to left center!!! please post a response clowning u was just what I needed to make my day better

      • shockgee - Sep 24, 2012 at 4:54 PM

        Made your day better. You obviously have nothing better to do then, yes? Oh wait, I think I hear your mom yelling at you to clean your basement room. Try porn, if your day isn’t going well.

    • bronxbomber213 - Sep 24, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      oh and btw granderson hit 30 jacks for Det in 09…30 plus increase?!?!?

      • shockgee - Sep 24, 2012 at 4:56 PM

        Now you definitely don’t have anything better to do. “I’ll show him, I’ll go back and get some stats!”. Yeah well GRoiderson hit 50 HR last year, so there’s 20 plus increase. Either way the guy is way too small to be jamming the baseball like that. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS. ROIDS.

        Love the name too. Way original. How long you been a Yanks fan? Since A-Roid came to town?

        You can’t be me, You’ll never beat me cause I’m a winner and you’ll always be a loser…

      • brian32556 - Sep 24, 2012 at 6:44 PM


        Huh?! You’re a winner and you say that to a Yankee fan. Gee! Let me think: who was won more pennants and world series than anyone? Hmmmm? Who could that be? A$$h0le!

      • bronxbomber213 - Sep 24, 2012 at 10:26 PM

        you got clowned now ur mad bro its cool everyone on here can see that ur an idiot…ohh and groiderson hit 41 last year so I dunno where ur getting 50 from? and I would wreck u buddy face to face I’m sure you wouldn’t be so confident!! if ur a winner I’m glad I’m a loser

  12. baseballisboring - Sep 24, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    I think it’s one thing if they’re celebrating obnoxiously on the field, and an entirely different thing if they’re celebrating in the dugout.

  13. thomas2727 - Sep 24, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    There is a story about Chavez making a statement about the Yankees during the 2000 Playoffs saying it’s time for somebody else to win. So he should shut the hell up.

  14. rcali - Sep 24, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Chavez pulled a muscle while making this statement and he will be out of action for two to four months.

  15. kevinbnyc - Sep 24, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Look out if they play another marathon against the Yankees. Eric “Old School” Chavez will be doing some plunking.

  16. bblair917 - Sep 24, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Oh, and Happy Let’s all Hate on the Yankees Day too!!! Wait, that’s every day, especially when your team has a nice big E in the GB column.

  17. kkolchak - Sep 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Eric Chavez just proved himself to be a world class douchebag.

  18. mazblast - Sep 24, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    We all know there is one set of rules for the YANKEES (face The Bronx and bow) and one for mere mortals. Which set of rules you yap about depends on whether you’re a YANKEE (face The Bronx and bow) or not.

    kolchak is right. Chavez is being a d-bag. Celebrations are a part of baseball, even if they take place when playing the YANKEES (face The Bronx and bow). Oh, sorry, I forgot, the YANKEES (face The Bronx and bow) don’t celebrate, every win is just another day at the office for your joyless bunch. So your precious feelings got hurt, that’s just so terrible. Your team came back and won the freaking game anyway, so what are you b***hing about?

    Geez, Eric, take a Midol and try to relax a little.

    • bblair917 - Sep 24, 2012 at 5:21 PM

      Ok maz (face the Sizzler buffet line and bow). Take some Pepto Bismol and the reflux will subside.

  19. 454ss - Sep 24, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Big girls don’t cry!

  20. brian32556 - Sep 24, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    I’m a huge Yankee fan. I didn’t see anything on TV I thought was out of control in the A’s dugout. It had been a long, back-and-forth game and suddenly it was busted wide open by a slew of HR’s. I think I saw the same type of celebration one half-inning later when Ibanez tied it up! So, I don’t think it was out of line – just some youthful, over-enthusiasm. And hey, even Yankee fans didn’t expect THAT comeback. What? We’re like 0-53 when trailing after 8!

  21. atworkident - Sep 25, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    So when Nick Swisher celebrates his home runs, doubles like a douche I suppose Chavez pulls him aside and tells him he looks like a fool?

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