Joba gives it up
We saw something that hadn’t been seen before last night — Joba Chamberlain, giving up regular season runs at Yankee Stadium. It turns out he’s not invincible after all, and this hurt the Yankees in a big way, with David Dellucci’s three-run homer sailing a few rows into the right-field seats to crush New York in a 5-3, come-from-behind, Indians win.
After the game, “bounce back” seemed to be the big buzz words. Joe Girardi said it. So did Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera. The Yankees like a lot about Chamberlain’s maturity level and it spoke volumes that he made a bee-line right to his locker to answer every question, prepared to accept the bad day along with all of the good ones that he’s had.
His demeanor was much the same as it was after he took his first big league loss last month in Chicago, and approximately how he reacted after the “midge” game last October in Cleveland. It’s remarkable that those are the only other two comparisons you can make of Chamberlain handling the media after a tough loss.
Chamberlain said that there’s no pitcher who ever goes through life unscathed, and that he’ll be ready and waiting to take the ball if Girardi gives it to him again on Wednesday. Girardi mentioned that you can learn a lot about a club’s character by the way it comes back after a tough loss. With Cliff Lee and Chien-Ming Wang — a combined 11-0 this year — on the mound, this one should be worth tuning in to watch.