Pump it up, until you can feel it. Pump it up, when you don’t really need it. -Elvis Costello
Public Service Announcement: Ok, here we go! I hate to do this one. Verbs I would rather conjugate than do this one. Makes me sick from here to the great Bay State to do this one. But do this one I must. In Joba Chamberlain the New York Yankees trust. I didn’t. I didn’t trust him. I’ve called him Joba Chambermaid. I’ve called him Joba Chamberpot. I’ve called him a lot worse. I was wrrrr. I was wrrrrr. I was wrrrrrr. You know what I was. Today I’m here to make up for some of that, even if today I feel a little what Bill Parcells felt when his Jets lost to my Patriots. Today I will try to make ammends even if I have to throw up in my mouth a couple of times doing it.
I was like all those to callers to Beningo and Roberts. I was like all those callers to Mike and the Mad Dog. I was like all those callers to Michael Kay is on the radio today. I, like them, thought Joba should return to the bullpen. I, like them, thought Joba was not cut out for all this starter stuff.
Only two weeks ago, Joba could not get out of his own way. Only two weeks ago, Joba couldn’t fight his way out of a wet paperbag. Only two weeks ago, Joba couldn’t fight his way out of the fifth inning for two consecutive starts. Two! Get the papers, get the papers. I thought moving Joba back to the pen made perfect sense. I thought that would immediately take the Yankees from a so-so bullpen to maybe the best in the game. I thought you said are you all right Spider. I thought wrong.
Joba Chamberlain has posted a 3-0 record with an 0.83 ERA in his three starts since the All-Star break. Last night, he hurled eight shutout innings. Last night, he allowed only three hits. Most importantly, last night, he got the win. Just win baby!
Know this Yankees fans and haters alike, know that since divisional play began in 1969, only two other Yankees’ pitchers have hurled at least eight shutout innings while allowing three-or-fewer hits prior to turning 24 years of age. Know that only Dave Righetti in 1981, and only Phil Hughes earlier this season, have hurled at least eight shutout innings while allowing three-or-fewer hits prior to turning 24 years of age. That’s it. That’s the list. How about that?
Last night, in front of George Steinbrenner, Joba looked like the ace we all thought he should be. Last night, in front of George Steinbrenner, Joba threw darting fastballs. Last night, in front of George Steinbrenner, Joba threw sharp curveballs. Sharp cheddar, my rhymes are better. Last night, in front of George Steinbrenner, Joba Chamberlain threw strikes. A plethora of strikes. You told me I have a plethora and I just would like to know if you know what a plethora is. I would not like to think that a person would tell someone he has a plethora, and then find out that that person has no idea what it means to have a plethora. Joba knows. Now, so do I.
Peace out homies. Six two and Even!