Adam Eaton rips Todd Frazier: ‘He’s very childish’
Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton had to be separated from New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier after the two exchanged words during Monday’s 5-3 loss.
After the game, Eaton blasted Frazier to reporters, calling him “childish.”
The two apparently have a long-standing dislike of each other, for reasons not publicly known. They were teammates on the 2016 Chicago White Sox, but have had multiple confrontations since then.
Monday’s drama started when Eaton grounded out into a double play to end the third inning. Between innings, cameras caught the two jawing at each other.
“He’s chirping all the way across the infield,” Eaton told reporters. “I don’t know. He must really like me because he wants to get my attention, it seems like, every time we come here to town. He really cares what I think about him, I guess. I don’t know what the deal is. He’s always yelling across the infield at me. He’s made a habit of it. He’s one of those guys that always says it loud enough so you can hear it, but you can’t understand it.
“You’ve got to be a man at some point. So I turned around, had a few choice words with him. It’s funny. I was walking toward him and he didn’t really want to walk toward me, but as soon as someone held him back, then he was like, all of a sudden was really impatient, like trying to come toward me. Like I said, just being Todd Frazier. So what’s new?″
Here’s the exchange between Adam Eaton and Todd Frazier mentioned by @masnKolko, courtesy of the MASN broadcast: pic.twitter.com/0Orc8eKB8n Tim Britton (@TimBritton) May 21, 2019
Eaton and Frazier also yelled at each other across the infield last August.
Frazier downplayed Monday’s incident to reporters. “That was nothing at all,” he said.
Eaton, though, appears to disagree.
“He’s very childish,” Eaton said. “I’m walking with my head down. The play’s over. I’m walking away. I hear him a couple of times. 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. I tried to stay patient with the childishness and like I said, it is what it is. I’ve got to stand up to him eventually.”