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It’s Joba being Joba (and that’s OK)

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on May 08, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Did Joba Chamberlain park in Mike and the Mad Dog’s space at the Stadium?

Quick synopsis of the show this afternoon:

* Joba should never pump his fist when he pitches well. That shows the opposition up.

* Joba should sit in the dugout and “stare out on the field” after he gives it up and not cover his head with a towel. That shows too much emotion, too.

* Joba didn’t say he got even with David Dellucci today. But that’s what he meant.

I have an idea: Let’s have the two managers flip a coin at home plate to decide the outcome of games. That way nobody will show any emotion.

I’ve never understood why hockey, basketball and football players are expected to show emotion and baseball players can’t. Tiger Woods pumps his fist and everybody loves it. Joba does it and he’s a bad guy.

Joba is a good kid and he acts the same way in the clubhouse as he does on the field. He’s brash, loud, confident and it’s genuine. He’s not acting on the mound; the emotion is who he is. Take that away and he’s not in the majors.

The guy was an out-of-shape Division II player a few years ago and now he’s a Yankee and pitching great. How could be not be emotional?

Mike and Chris are entertaining radio. But cut the kid a break.

(For those of you from out of town, Mike and Mad Dog are on WFAN-AM radio in New York on weekday afternoons. Go to to listen. They do a great job, but they’re reaching on this.)




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