Thursday, February 28, 2013
Posted by el duque at 8:54 AM
Today, Joel Sherman surgically rips Joba Chamberlain for suggesting this week - OMG! OMG! OMG! - that he would like to start someday. You'd think he defended the Holocaust. In a column headlined "Yanks have had it with Joba's look-at-me act," Sherman trowels out Gammonite indignation over Joba's terrible, horrible, wicked words, and he paves the way for Chamberlain's future exit. Some highlights:
"... a 5-year-old... trapped inside a 95 mph-throwing body."
"... Joba being Joba. Hey everyone, look here..."
"... more like a child and nuisance than anything else..."
"... You know what that screams to me? The Yankees have Joba Fatigue..."
"... a constant risk physically and verbally..."
"... tired of all the theatrics and untrustworthiness that comes with Chamberlain."
Listen: I like Sherman. He's gutsy, and they pay him to be opinionated. But I hate it when columnists attack players over idle comments, which - after all - is what the writers peddle for a living. If a player dogs it on the field, or quits on his team - yeah, sharpen the shivs, guys! But do you whack a fellow in the first day of spring training because he strays 10 degrees from the team's official talking points?
Reading Sherman today, I get an ugly Dick Young flashback -- a bloated ego and some bloated nasal corpuscles - of a tired old writer itching to tell off the guy who didn't grant him an interview, or to just make a cannonball splash in the pool, because somebody in the Holiday Inn bar Sunday night - after the eighth gin-and-tonic - called him "The Bard," and everybody laughed.
Somebody is yelling, "Look at me!"
Is it Joba, or Joel Sherman?
Listen: The Yankees are looking to cut payroll. We all know that. A lot of Yankee fans have found Joba to be one of the few players who speaks and plays from the heart. There is a deep dark negativity to this Yankee spring. You can feel it. But are the Gammonites already starting to run Joba out of town?
File under Joba Chamberlain