The Fist Pump Controversy is really, really silly.
• Does anybody really care what the Baltimore Orioles and Aubrey Huff think about Joba? It’s a perennial last-place team and a journeyman DH. That they are so concerned about Joba pretty much explains why they are in last place. Memo to the O’s: You lost the game.
• Joba didn’t care. He was more annoyed at the questions about it. His biggest concern is trying to figure out how to stop getting rocked in the first inning.
• Jonathan Papelbon does it. Francisco Rodriguez does it. Yet for some reason there is no controversy about them. Why is that?
• This is a perfect ESPN/WFAN story in that it creates something out of nothing and gets people riled up.
You know what is important about Joba? He’s 5-2, 3.15 in 18 career starts. In 100 innings as a starter, he has allowed 97 hits and struck out 108. Once he gets that first-inning thing fixed — and he will — the Yankees are going to have a 23-year-old ace on their hands.
If that’s the case, Yankee fans shouldn’t care if Joba does handstands on the mound.