Joba Chamberlain should be everything that’s right about sports.
He’s a real deal rookie phenom with an American dream story.
When his dad was sick earlier this year, Yankee fans cared. A lot.
But like all heroes, there is an achilles heel. In this case, Joba Chamberlain gets excited. Seriously. That’s it. He pumps his fists after strikeouts sometimes.
And this drives some people nuts. Mike and The Mad Dog have spent days on end discussing it. David Dellucci from the Indians practically started crying after Joba celebrated a strikeout earlier this week.
I don’t get it. Shouldn’t we want athletes who act like they care about their jobs? And as far as those complaints that Joba is showing up his opponents? So what? If you don’t want to be shown up, do something about it.
It’s the same argument I have with media members who freak out everytime a football player dances after scoring a TD or getting a sack. If the other team doesn’t want to see an opponent celebrate, they shouldn’t let him make a big play.