Tonight was one of those nights when you had to work hard to screw up the story.
To see Harlan Chamberlain crying as he watched his son pitch, then to see Joba hitting 101 mph on the mound … well, as a writer it doesn’t get much better.
Joba told us he had no idea where his family was in the crowd but he could hear the voice of his sister Tasha when he was on the mound. He wasn’t surprised to hear about his father crying.
â€œNot one bit,â€? he said. â€œHeâ€™s as proud as father as anybody can be.â€?
After the game was over, little Karter Chamberlain (Joba’s son) was crying his eyes out in the lobby outside the clubhouse. Tasha was organizing a postgame party in Joba’s room and Harlan was sitting on the scooter talking to reporters.
His dad is a piece of work. He said he was prepared for Billy Butler’s ball to go over the wall because he knows Joba is going to give up a run eventually. “Matter of time,” he said.
After we got done speaking to him, Joe Torre came out of the clubhouse. Seeing Joba’s dad, he walked over.
â€œHow did my boy do for you, Joe?â€? the proud father asked as he shook the manager’s hand.
â€œPretty damn good,â€? Torre said. â€œWeâ€™re going to keep him.â€?
Woo, I couldn’t wait to get upstairs to write.
Here is Joba’s postgame interview: