Superstitions are big in the big leagues and guys will do whatever they have to do to keep the baseball gods on their side. After the Yankees win last night, Joba Chamberlain was asked where he was when the Yankees were ripping through the Texas bullpen during their five-run eighth-inning rally.
Chamberlain, who made his first appearance of the postseason in relief of CC Sabathia, said he was up in the clubhouse. As Brett Gardner reached on his infield single and Derek Jeter followed with a RBI double, Chamberlain and some of the Yankees support staff were watching on TV. Once the rally started, it was decided that no one would move from their positions until the inning was over. To do otherwise might throw off the Yankees karma.
There was only one problem. “I had to pee really bad,” Chamberlain said. “It was getting to the point where” – he paused for a second, searching for the right words – “I was going to have to figure something out,” he finally said without an ounce of apology.
You know the rest. Joba stayed put, the Yankees finished off their comeback and the power of the baseball gods was reaffirmed once again.
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