Joba & Huff – to be continued
Joba Chamberlain tried to say all of the right things about Aubrey Huff’s showy display in the first inning on Sunday, when the Orioles first baseman twice pumped his fist and shouted after belting a three-run homer.
There were no other on-field fireworks, but Chamberlain added this not-so-subtle caveat: “This won’t be the last time I face him.”
But Chamberlain had his back turned when Huff rounded first base, so he missed a lot of the show. He’ll have to catch it on the highlights.
“I honestly didn’t see it,” Chamberlain said. “He did what he was supposed to do with the pitch, he hit a home run. If he wants to do a back flip, he can do a back flip. It really doesn’t bother me.”
For his part, Huff (1-for-8 with three strikeouts coming in vs. Chamberlain) didn’t shy away from admitting he knew exactly what he was doing.
“He’s done it a couple of times to me when he’s struck me out,” Huff said. “For me, it’s just in good fun. I always told the guys that if I get him, I’m going to give him a nice fist pump. For me, it wasn’t really showing anybody up. I was just trying to have some fun with it. He does it all the time and I figured you know what, why not?”
Joe Girardi declined to comment, but Chamberlain struck a familiar tone in defending his actions on field, even though the fist pumps have come a little less regularly this year.
“I’m not going to make everybody happy. I understand that,” he said. “I’m out here to win ballgames, I’m not here to make friends, to be honest with you. If I make friends along the way, awesome. But this is about this team in here and giving them everything I’ve got. If I don’t show my emotion, that’s not me being a person and a baseball player. That’s cutting this team short of everything I can give them.”