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Ask Joba a question yourself

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jan 21, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Tickets remain available for Tuesday’s event at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut featuring Joba Chamberlain and Jon Lester.

Here is the release:

Joba Chamberlain, 23, of the New York Yankees and Jon Lester, 24, of the Boston Red Sox will share the spotlight at Sacred Heart University on Tuesday, January 27th, 2009. The two pitchers will take part in a “Hot Stove Conversation” in the William H. Pitt Health and Recreation Center on campus at 8 P.M.

Tickets, which will be available after December 3rd, will be $20, with children under 12 admitted for half-price. SHU students are $5 and staff members, $10. Those in attendance are invited to suit up for the occasion and support their favorite team. To purchase tickets, contact Pam Barnum at 203-371-7846 or

The University has recently hosted such well known speakers as former New York City Mayor and presidential candidate, Rudy Giuliani, and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin.


I’m curious to see if Joba’s personality changes in the wake of his DWI arrest. I personally like him. He has a lot of energy, he talks to everybody and he’s competitive like a football player when he takes the mound.

But you can argue that it was too much, too soon for Joba in terms of his popularity and the arrest was a culmination of his living too fast. He never got arrogant but he was a little cocky and there were a few occasions when he slipped into the third person when doing interviews. Some of the old-school guys on the team found it amusing.

I look at this way: He was 21 when he made the big leagues and most of us did a lot of things we regret when we were that age. What matters is how events shape you moving forward.

Joba is one of the most important players on the team because, in time, he can be the best starter in the game. He has a chance to be that good. It’s a big part of what will make 2009 so interesting.




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