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Joba remains a work in progress

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 18, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joba Chamberlain got another tattoo. This one runs across the top of his chest, from collarbone to collarbone. It says “True Pleasure Takes Sacrifice” in black script letters.

“Just something I came up with,” he said.

Joba found an tattoo artist he likes in St. Petersburg. He, Brian Bruney and A.J. Burnett each have an incredible amount of ink.

As to other items:

· Angel Berroa, who is in camp on a minor-league deal, looks about 50 and I’m not kidding. The 2003 American League Rookie of the Year (when Hideki Matsui got hosed) has gone steadily downhill since. He was with the Dodgers last season and hit .230 over 226 at-bats.

· The players are in the middle of a 90-minute meeting. This is the big annual sit-down. Brian Cashman talks, Joe Girardi talks, the trainer talks, etc. There’s also a motivational film from the guy in charge of motivation. They won’t be on the field until 11.

“You need a Red Bull to stay awake,” said one Yankee, who shall remain nameless.

Back later with some observations from the field and cheesy photos.





53 Responses to “Joba remains a work in progress”

  1. TT 15 February 18th, 2009 at 10:34 am

    So it sounds to me like Angel will not make it which should be good news fof Cody Ranson

  2. Joe from Long Island February 18th, 2009 at 10:34 am

    You know what’s sad? After reading Pete’s comment on Angel Berroa looking 50 and going steadily downhill since 2003, I found myself thinking, “Did he use steroids?”

    Regardless, that doesn’t seem too promising a position – looking 50, that is – to start from when trying to win a ML job.

  3. Steve February 18th, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Interesting about Berroa…does that mean you think there is going to be a serious competition for the backup role between him and Ransom? Honestly I thought Berroa had the role already.

  4. Rock Smoother February 18th, 2009 at 10:36 am


    You’re the man!

    You are keeping my baseball appetite satiated during this time of great anticipation for the 2009 season.

    Thanks brotherrrrrrr!

  5. nathan February 18th, 2009 at 10:37 am

    who was it is pete?

  6. Doreen February 18th, 2009 at 10:37 am

    I can’t wait to see all these guys when they’re 60 (but I’ll probably not be here) and those tattoos look, well, not so great. Or they have a change of life philosophy. I will never “get” massive tattooing.

    I know I’m “of a certain age,” but I do appreciate a well-thought-out, well-placed tattoo. Don’t understand the need to cover the body, though.

    And although some piercings make me squeamish, at least most of them are reversible.

    Can’t wait for the cheesy photos, Pete!

  7. rbj February 18th, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Why have such lengthy meetings if the players are just going to tune them out?
    Will Berroa make the Scranton club as a “just in case” player?

  8. m February 18th, 2009 at 10:38 am

    A cautionary tale. You know who else found a tattoo parlor he liked in Florida? Josh Hamilton. Apparently he found some other things he liked there, too.

    You know what’s weird? We all thought of Joba as one of the biggest guys on the team. But he’s not all that big after losing a lot of his gut.

    From the last thread, it’s way, way premature to think about Jackson in the Bronx next season. Let’s see how he handles AAA pitching. Besides, we’ve got many, many outfielders.

    I like the fact that Matsui looks good. Having the Matsui of old will lenghthen the lineup.

    Looks like Ransom wins the backup IF job? Who’s our backup SS?

  9. Patrick February 18th, 2009 at 10:39 am

    ““You need a Red Bull to stay awake,” said one Yankee, who shall remain nameless. ”

    Or a Ripped Fuel.

  10. Doreen February 18th, 2009 at 10:41 am

    m -

    OMG! Don’t even want to think that. (Josh Hamilton)

  11. m February 18th, 2009 at 10:41 am


    Have you seen the tattoo eraser skit on SNL? It’s hilarious. It’s like a deoderant that they roll onto their tattoes. But they showed Amy Pohler (?) as an old lady and her “Foxy Lady” tramp stamp had morphed into something else so she used the tattoo eraser.

  12. m February 18th, 2009 at 10:42 am


    Nah. Harland would kick his okole.

  13. Bull.... February 18th, 2009 at 10:45 am

    If you look at pictures from when CC was with the Brewers you will see that he didn’t have tatoos all over his right arm. They are fairly new.

    At least he was smart and didn’t do any – that we can see anyway, on his pitching arm. Infections can happen and that can lead to all kinds of trouble.

    The tatoo stuff is going through a big increase, it is getting to a point where it is commonplace. This I think is hillarious, as people get them to be different. This will taper off as it will become “uncool” to have so many tatoos. As you age the ink spreads, so they will look pretty bad when these guys get older.

  14. Kevin February 18th, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Does anyone else get the feeling the anonymous Yankee who couldn’t stay awake was Johnny Damon?

  15. Jeet Skeet February 18th, 2009 at 10:48 am

    red bull should be banned..that crap really gets you fired up on the field.

  16. JoeyA February 18th, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Torre has

    I <3 Jeter on his left buttox

    I </3 A-Fraud on his right

  17. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story February 18th, 2009 at 10:49 am

    I thought the tattoos were supposed to be verboten?

  18. Bull.... February 18th, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Red Bull is a PED… it gives you wings! Think of what that is doing to the game.

  19. AROD fan February 18th, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Kevin- you beat me to it! I say Damon too!

  20. Jimmy February 18th, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Don’t say the photos are cheesy!! They’re awesome pete, keep em up!!!!!!!

    But if you could manage a 24x zoom device that you can inconspicuously attach to your iphone, it would be even more greatly appreciated ;)

  21. JoeyA February 18th, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Damon or Bruney strike me as the only two guys that would say that.

  22. jennifer February 18th, 2009 at 10:52 am

    I think it was Jeter. ;)

  23. m February 18th, 2009 at 10:53 am


    I think we know who it wasn’t!

  24. randy l February 18th, 2009 at 10:54 am

    “The way things are going in the journalism business, there is every possibility I won’t still be a sports writer at that time and HOF voting will be done by another group entirely. Who knows?”


    as an aside to steroid issues and the hall of fame, i think this is an interesting subject that would be a good topic to get into at some other time. i personally used to buy about 5 newspapers a day in the summer time and just read about the yankees and red sox. i’d get the nyt, the ny post, daily news, boston globe, and boston herald.

    so from spending about $3-$4 a day for newspapers, i now spend zero a day and read the same papers on the web.

    we also get info on this blog that isn’t in any newspaper.pete with the iphone on site is sending out photos and info. technology is changing the reporting game.
    the ones who go with the new technology will probably be the ones who are still there ten years from now.

    anyway, it’s an interesting phenomenon that would be worth exploring as a blog subject sometime.

  25. BBB wants to get back to baseball February 18th, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Pete, don’t forget about CC, he has a full sleeve on his left arm doesnt he?

    I love AJ’s ink, he made me believe again just when I started to think that all professional athletes had crappy tats.

  26. jennifer February 18th, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Jeter is probably sitting front row center with a notebook to take notes. :lol:

  27. jcarr February 18th, 2009 at 10:56 am

    yeah, Damon was the first one who came to my mind also.

  28. Ham Fighters February 18th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    im beginning to re-think our CF situation. there are very very few good CF’ers out there and having a lineup as packed as we do, we should be able to carry a glove at one position, especially considering what we get out of our middle infield and catcher when po is in.

    we now have a great pitching staff and we need someone who can go get um out there and we have (at least) one guy who can go get um and get the ball back in with authority.

    that guy is melky cabrera. if gardner can do better, thats gravy but i think melky can hold down the job.

    hes probably not going to be quite as bad at the plate but even if he is, his defense really helps. if i was cc or joba, id want whoever can cover the most ground out there, even if he bats .225.

    ive been worrying about CF all winter but when i look around and see who’s manning CF around the league, i can live with melky.

    if damon/vistaroof/tex/wierdo/godzilla/po/nady/cano/swisher cant get it done, then we got bigger problems than CF.

    if they can get it done, melky will be fine. and like i said, whatever we get from gardner is gravy.

  29. BBB wants to get back to baseball February 18th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Because Swisher’s new, I have to believe the Red Bull comment came from Damon. Sounds like something Moose would have said too….awwww man, I miss him!!!

    btw, to whoever said they thought Angel Berroa had util IF locked up, I very strongly doubt that. Girardi seems to love Ransom and will probably give him at least a fair chance to win the job, if not the edge in the competition.

    Lets hope so cause I dont want Angel Berroa anywhere near Robinson Cano. lol

  30. Doreen February 18th, 2009 at 10:58 am

    m -

    No, I didn’t see the SNL skit on the tattoo eraser. Actually, I can’t stay awake for SNL anymore!!!!

  31. jennifer February 18th, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Pete- How much media is there today? A lot less than yesterday?

  32. BBB wants to get back to baseball February 18th, 2009 at 11:00 am

    BTW – am I the only one who would still like to see the Yankees pick up another bench bat? I vote for Ray Durham. No one else wants him, he could be had for pennies, and he put up a .380 OBP (approx) last year. I say at least extend a non roster invite to him, if he has a good spring he makes the team, especially bearing in mind the kinds of starts Cano usually gets off to.

  33. Chris February 18th, 2009 at 11:02 am

    The quote was originally “You need amphe-…a red bull to stay awake.”

  34. Doreen February 18th, 2009 at 11:03 am

    randy l -

    The other night I was awake and flipping channels and ran across Charlie Rose interviewing the guy from the WSJ and the NY Daily News. One of the things I heard them talking about was the possibility of charging for the ability to view content over the ‘net on a per-view basis. I don’t know how they’ll do it, but the WSJ guy said if it’s done correctly it can work.

    We recently stopped our NYT subscription because I can read the few things I want to online. It made no sense to pay X dollars per month to read a small amount of content, PLUS have to deal with recycling. The pile of newspapers gets ridiculous.

  35. Ham Fighters February 18th, 2009 at 11:09 am

    personally, as a guy who grew up reading 2 or 3 papers a day, i feel like im stealing the info. when the was subscription, i gladly paid it. iv been a news junkie all my life and always considered it worth the menial price they asked.

    now they just give it to me for free. id pay if they asked me to but they dont. meanwhile, they’re going out of buisness.

    out of charity more than anything, i subscribe to the philadelphia inquierer, a very good paper and well worth the price they ask. but in fact i read it online and only pay to help them stay in buisness.

    if we lose the news gathering and local knowlege and history we get from out local newspapers, one day we are really going to find what a great asset was lost.

    i read today that the washington post isnt going to have a guy on the orioles beat this year. that is so sad for o’s fans. they will use stuff from the sun, which helps them both out and may be the way to go, but its still sad.

  36. BBB wants to get back to baseball February 18th, 2009 at 11:11 am

    I guess the meeting is just about wrapping up now. I wonder how many times Cashman said ‘process’?

  37. randy l February 18th, 2009 at 11:21 am


    it’s an interesting subject and every decision people like you and me make affects things.

    i don’t think a pay per view would work unless someone really has info that others don’t have. for instance everyone has box scores of games so i’m not going to pay for that. espn has it’s insider service and that works somewhat, but there is so much info on the web i stopped it just because what buster olney, keith law, etc thinks just isn’t important enough to pay for.

    how we get information will be changing as the future goes on. think what info we could get if the yankees simply put a 24/7 web cam on a pole at a legends field practice field somewhere.

    i pay to watch games on the web and pay to get the mlb package on cable. i’d pay to get access to a web cam that showed public practices.

  38. DT February 18th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    I think that “red bull” quote came from Arod – cuz you know – Pete and Alex are super tight.

  39. Cynthia Chubbock February 18th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    as much I love Joba, I just think we are in for headaches with this kid. A hybrid mix of kerry wood (injury) and david wells (attitude).
    and BTW that’s the lamest quote to put on your person ever, his judgement is lacking severely.

  40. John in Ohio February 18th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Hey…what’s wrong with looking 50?!?! Just kidding. I know Berroa shouldn’t look as old as me.

    Mark Grudzielanek is closer to 50 than Berroa, but I’d rather have Grudz as the utility guy. Has he signed with anyone yet? He can hit…plain and simple, but he’s gonna be 39.

    It was common practice for the Yanks to pick up guys for different roles who were reaching the ends of their careers during the Stengel days.

  41. Ham Fighters February 18th, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    i like grudz, hes a pro. if he’d sign to sit our bench, id take him for sure. i dont know about the dollars but that guy’s got game.

  42. Ham Fighters February 18th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    carlos lee missed the first workout for astros because he ‘forgot’ what day he was supposed to report! he’s going to be paid $18.5 million this year but he forgot which day to report?

    did someone say arod couldn’t be THAT stupid?

  43. Southern Yankee February 18th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    The Red Bull comment was made by some player’s “cousin”. :)

  44. saucY February 18th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    i’m a fan of tattoos despite only having one small one on my leg. not really a fan of the slogan or whatever Joba got though… kinda corny, imo.

  45. saucY February 18th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    but i still love you Joba :)

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