Ever since they were teammates in Chicago on the White Sox, Adam Eaton and Todd Frazier haven't gotten along. Here's a breakdown of Eaton and Frazier's beef, and how it boiled over during Monday's 5-3 loss to the New York Mets.
Eaton and Frazier started their tenure with the White Sox on bad terms. The team was in the midst of a full rebuild, and Adam LaRoche retired after his son, Drake, was no longer allowed in the clubhouse.
With what appeared to be a vacuum in leadership, Eaton tried stepping up but it fell on deaf ears, particularly Frazier's.
Frazier, whose locker was next to Eaton's, called him out for being a phony according to 670 the Score. That spat led to a locker room fight.
Fact is they had been locker-mates but were separated after locker room fight with Wh Sox .— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) May 21, 2019
Eaton's locker was then moved across the room from Frazier's, and the two were both eventually traded for picks and prospects.
During the Nationals' visit to New York on August 26, Eaton slid hard into second base, injuring Phillip Evans on the play. The Mets challenged the play as a violation of the slide rule, but Major League Baseball's review determined the slide was allowed.
The Mets didn't take kindly to it. Pitcher Zack Wheeler drilled Eaton, and as he trotted to first base, Frazier chirped him on his way there and Eaton responded.
“When he usually talks or chirps, usually he says it just loud enough that you can hear him but you can’t understand him," Eaton told MASN after the game. "So I’ll just leave it at that.”
That brings us to Monday's 5-3 loss against the Mets. In the bottom of the third inning, as he was jogging to the dugout, Eaton got an earful from Frazier.
Eaton jawed back at Frazier, and other Nats players were ready to come to Eaton's defense before first base umpire Mike Estabrook impeded Eaton's progress toward Frazier.
After the game, Eaton unloaded.
"He must really like me cause he wants to get my attention seems like every time we come here."— NBC Sports Nationals (@NBCSNationals) May 21, 2019
Adam Eaton's postgame comments on Todd Frazier 🔊 pic.twitter.com/dCjQybOws3
"I ignored him a couple times chirping coming across, but I had it to the point where I’m not going to say the saying I want to say but you got to be a man at some point," Eaton explained. "So, I turned around, had a few choice words with him. It’s funny, I was walking towards him, he didn’t really want to walk towards me but as soon as someone held him back then he was all of a sudden he was really impatient, like trying to get towards me. Just being Todd Frazier. What’s new?”
While Frazier kept quiet after the game, Tuesday he noted that Eaton should go "pay off your mortgage."
Frazier on Eaton: "Pay off your mortgage." pic.twitter.com/NMsNAGpcht— Matt Ehalt (@MattEhalt) May 21, 2019
Before game time tonight, Eaton called the beef "high school stuff"
Todd Frazier didn’t want to discuss what happened tonight with Adam Eaton. All he said was “it was nothing.”— Steve Gelbs (@SteveGelbs) May 21, 2019
Eaton decided to go a different route:
Will tonight's beef escalate during the game? Tune in at 7 p.m. to find out.
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