The Yankees weren’t overly impressed that Joba Chamberlain went eight innings and allowed two runs. They were still laughing about his belly-flop dive in the fifth inning to catch that popped-up bunt by Kelly Shoppach.
“I think he went straight up in the air,” said Derek Jeter, who was still chuckling.
When Chamberlain gathered himself, he looked around and didn’t realize that the runner on second — Ryan Garko — was nearly at third. Jorge Posada had to tell him. “The rest of us were still laughing,” Jeter said
Andy Pettitte was laughing so hard in the dugout that Joba had to step off the mound and compose himself before getting the last out of the inning. Even Joe Girardi had a smile.
“I think Joe underestimates my athleticism,” said Joba, who proudly slung the WWE belt over his shoulder as he conducted his post-game interview. Commissioner Johnny Damon said it was an easy call to give Joba the title.
“I thought about Nick (Swisher), but he has enough toys,” Damon said.
Jeter usually takes a pass when asked about records. But he was pleased with the Yankees setting the MLB mark with 18 consecutive errorless game.
“It’s quite an accomplishment. It’s something that a lot of people deserve credit for,” Jeter said. “That’s a complete team effort. We’ve been pitching real well as of late. But when you pitch, you have to play defense behind them and we’ve been playing pretty consistent. We’ve had routine plays and spectacular ones. We’ve made all of them pretty much.”
That’s 15 of 19 for the Yankees as they come home for seven games. They’re 30-21. As Joe Torre used to say all the time: get five over and then get 10 over. Keep leaping ahead.
This team has been chewing up ground lately. It’s not a stretch to say that the best team in the American League again resides in New York