After being touted as the next great Yankee hurler, a lot of people have been wondering what happened to Joba Chamberlain. His pitching has been erratic and he is not the dominant pitcher he was as a rookie. Everyone is looking for answers as to why he has been so inconsistent as a starter and out of the bullpen, but i think I have found the problem. His mother, Jackie Standley.
On Monday,Â just hours before the Yankees played the Phillies in Game 5 of the World Series, his mom pleaded no contest in Nebraska to a felony that could land her behind bars for 20 years. After being arrested early in the year for selling methamphetamine, she was busted again in July for threatening a former friends life. How well would you pitch if you knew your mother was a junkie, who was a danger to herself and everyone around her?
If Jackie was in my family, I never would have made it to the big leagues. I would be in a trailer with her, somewhere in redneck country, getting high. Its quite possible that everytime he takes the hill, Chamberlain is thinking about his Mom somewhere in a crack house, doing god knows what. Now that she is going to be sentenced and will no longer be a menace to society, Joba wont have to worry as much.