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This is your life, Joba Chamberlain

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 27, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Received this release from YES, Interesting concept:



YESterdays Special Featuring A-Rod Is On Deck For Later This Spring

NEW YORK, February 27, 2008 — The YES Network will premiere the first of its YESterdays specials offering a unique look at the formative years of select high-profile Yankees and other athletes on Friday, April 11. The show will air at 11:00 pm ET immediately following YES’ Yankees-Red Sox post-game show that evening.

YESterdays will take an intimate glimpse at the people, places and events which have influenced today’s sports headliners on their road to success. The April 11 YESterdays premiere will feature Joba Chamberlain, the Yankees pitching phenom who took New York by storm when he was called up to the majors last summer. The second YESterdays special, featuring Yankees star and reigning American League MVP Alex Rodriguez, was taped in Miami recently and is scheduled to premiere on YES in May.

YESterdays is taped in front of a live studio audience and hosted by YES’ Michael Kay. Kay and the featured guest are joined on-stage by the latter’s family members, childhood friends, and current and former teachers, coaches and teammates. The audience and viewers are treated to revealing stories about the guest’s early years in sports, humorous anecdotes on the field and at home, and what set the athlete out on the path to fame.

The April 11 YESterdays show was taped in Chamberlain’s hometown of Lincoln, Neb. earlier this year. Among the show’s guests: Joba’s father Harlan; his sister, aunt and uncle; his fifth-grade teacher; high school prom date; his school classmates and teammates; youth league baseball coaches; teammates from youth leagues and college; next-door neighbors; and the executive director of the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs.





55 Responses to “This is your life, Joba Chamberlain”

  1. dana February 27th, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Why do I find this hilarious?

  2. Say it ain't so February 27th, 2008 at 11:56 am

    That is a really cool idea. It’s like a mix of Centerstage and Yankeeography. Hopefully they stick to Yankees, Centerstage got so pointless when they had the most random people going on.

  3. rodg12 February 27th, 2008 at 11:57 am

    This is going to be awesome.

  4. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 27th, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    That’s a great idea.

    Also, 11 April is the last day I’ll be 21. =D

  5. mel February 27th, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Great idea, but lame name for the show.

    Game thread? lol.

  6. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge February 27th, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Interesting idea, I’m sure they asked Joba for a list of peoples names. What happens if someone he hates went on?

  7. DMan February 27th, 2008 at 12:13 pm


  8. EY February 27th, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    My eyes jumped when I saw “high school prom date”

  9. Diane February 27th, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    No baby? No ‘baby mama’?

  10. saucY February 27th, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    i wish it wasn’t Kay…
    is this replacing centerstage or in addition to?

  11. pat February 27th, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    I saw Yesterdays being promoted on YES network and wondered what it was. Thanks for the info.

  12. Mark Alan February 27th, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Back in the day, I bought my sister one of those quickie “biographies” of Vanilla Ice just because I found the entire concept hilarious. Here’s this kid, one big song, and now he’s got a bio.

    I know Joba is not Vanilla Ice. Most of you probably do not know who Vanilla Ice was, or if you do, you wish you could forget. Joba Chamberlain, on the other hand, has the potential for greatness. But the guy is 22-years-old.

    That being said, he’s certainly more interesting and relevant than was Vanilla Ice.

  13. Skippy February 27th, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Not that I object, but doesn’t this seem like they created this program almost solely for the reason of doing something where they could feature Joba?

  14. Stacey February 27th, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    I also wish it wasn’t Kay hosting.

    Can’t they find someone else?

  15. Andrea February 27th, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Marc Alan: while I see where you’re coming from, I think a lot of people are interested in Joba’s past. People swarm his father when he’s at the Stadium. He’s just got a story people are interested in. If you noticed, the next person they’re doing is Alex Rodriguez, someone with more history in the game. I don’t think they’ll be doing Ian Kennedy any time soon.

  16. Lori February 27th, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    ok – 10 minutes to game time. Where’s the in-game post and thread? Pete – are you going to update within the same post as you did last season?

  17. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge February 27th, 2008 at 12:56 pm;type=lgns

    Zell won’t hesitate to sell Wrigley Field naming rights
    5 hours, 22 minutes ago

    CHICAGO (AP)—The chief executive officer of the Tribune Company says he won’t hesitate to sell the naming rights to Wrigley Field—even if baseball purists don’t like the idea.

    During an interview on CNBC, Sam Zell says despite Wrigley Field being known worldwide, he didn’t get a discount because he wasn’t going to use the naming rights that the field represents.

    Zell said he plans to sell the Cubs and Wrigley separately and in his own time frame. He also disclosed that Major League Baseball has approved “four or six” potential ownership groups and that any one of them would be fine.

    The sale of the team has been delayed by Zell’s plan to sell the team and the stadium separately, and to have a state agency acquire and renovate Wrigley.

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  18. Yanksrule57 February 27th, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Like it or not y’all, Michael Kay is the face of the Yes Network.
    It will do no good to rag on how annoying he is. For some reason unfathomable to me, the network brass loves the guy. He get all the prime gigs on the network.
    Even though they rotate analysts in a way that I’ve never understood, (except I know Paulie who lives in Cinncy does all the Ohio road games) who does every game play by play? Kay.
    When they did the Yes anniversary show at the end of last season, who hosted? Kay.

    I have a question and those of you who have watched the late 90′s team may know this. Wasn’t John Sterling the voice of the Yankees at one time? I now he now does radio but what happened there? Did Kay take his job, or did Sterling P-off George and was banished to radio hell with Suzyn?

  19. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge February 27th, 2008 at 1:03 pm


    Don’t the Yankees read this blog?? IF they see us rag on him enough maybe it will do good. :P

  20. Brad February 27th, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    FYI to everyone, this idea was completely taken from an intern that worked at the company and this intern is not getting any credit for it….though im sure the intern will be garunteed some sort of position with YES when they cgraduate

  21. Yanksrule57 February 27th, 2008 at 1:07 pm


    I would like to agree but since I’ve started reading this blog it seems like he has many more detractors than fans. This can’t be news to them. He must have friends in high places or blackmail material stashed someplace.

  22. Fran February 27th, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Sounds like “This is Your life”

  23. saucY February 27th, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Lorenz > Kay

  24. Chris February 27th, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    I hate to say it, but the Yanks are putting Joba in position to ruin the team’s chances to make the postseason this year. Here’s why:

    Joba is no lock whatsoever to continue to be The Second Coming Of 1996 Mariano Rivera. Teams have a book on him now and he will have to adjust to their adjustments if he wants to have a career with the Yankees.

    If Joba su cks as the setup man or gets hurt, there is no one in the Yankees bullpen you could say would do better than him and there is absolutely no one in the farm system that could be called up to be the setup man whatsoever. The Yanks would have to trade for someone and I can’t see anyone not asking the Yanks for a king’s ransom. “You want our setup man, o.k. we want Ian Kennedy. No? Goodbye.” CLICK! And for Cashman to not have a Plan B is a fireable offense.
    B.t.w. what is his Plan B? Or is he believing the hype?

    More than that, if the plan is indeed to have Joba set up Mo through May then spend 6 weeks in the minors to prepare to return to the Yankees a starter, then the Yanks are weakening their bullpen and this post-Joba pen could do just badly enough in the time he’s away to cost the Yanks the postseason which is the goal before winning a World Series.
    That is unforgiveable and you have to look at Joba as someone to trade for someone established and proven who doesn’t need coddling. Also you set up Joba to fail in the final week or so of the season if the postseason race is that tight and then we all have to wonder “What if he was a starter and pitched in place of Mussina or Kennedy?” “What if Cashman got off his as s and got a veteran setup man?”

    To anyone who thinks this is doom-and-gloom talk, um, your Joba is 1996 Mariano Rivera II or The Next Great Ace talk is ridiculous. He needs to have a great 2008 then repeat or top it in 2009 before he can be considered great. Stuff does not necessarily equate to productivity e.g. Ben McDonald who many people considered to be better than his teammate Mike Mussina and look how that turned out.

  25. Kristin February 27th, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Any way to see this if you cable company doesn’t carry YES? Does YES stream stuff on their website?

  26. Count Zero February 27th, 2008 at 4:53 pm


    I’m sorry but that makes very little sense, if any.

    “If Joba su cks as the setup man or gets hurt, there is no one in the Yankees bullpen you could say would do better than him and there is absolutely no one in the farm system that could be called up to be the setup man whatsoever…And for Cashman to not have a Plan B is a fireable offense.
    B.t.w. what is his Plan B?”

    Well if he “sucks” then surely someone else will be better than his suckitude.

    And that’s kind of like saying, “What’s our Plan B if A-Rod gets hurt?” There is no Plan B — you can’t have a backup player for A-Rod that would replace his production because if there was such a player (which there isn’t), he would be starting at 3B for another team. Similarly, there aren’t any relievers who posted 0.38 ERAs out there for the taking who would like to accept the role of third most important guy in the Yankees bullpen.

    I know you would like to fill the 40 man with all-stars from top to bottom, but it’s not possible.

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