The ups and downs of Joba Chamberlain
Joba Chamberlain's career has been anything but smooth sailing. Here are some of the more memorable moments during the relief pitcher's tenure.
- Joba Rules Aug. 7, 2007
- Bean Balls Aug. 30, 2007
- The Midges Oct. 5, 2007
- Fist Pumping April-May 2008
- Starting Over 2008
- DUI Oct. 18, 2009
- Starting to Fail 2009
- Tommy John Surgery June 8, 2011
- Ankle Surgery March 22, 2012
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Joba incites a mini-firestorm with his celebratory antics following big strikeouts—namely an exaggerated fist pump and yell. New York is aflutter over the Joba fist-pump controversy with some thinking it harmless and others classless. After striking out Toronto's Frank Thomas during the 2008 Yankee home opener, Chamberlain does the fist pump. After striking out the Indians' David Dellucci in May, Chamberlain pumps his first three times. Dellucci appears upset after the game: “That's what gets him going and that's what everybody likes to see. But if a hitter was to do something like that, they'd probably say it was “bush (league)” and you shouldn't do it. It's kind of funny how a pitcher can get away with it.” After hitting a home run off Chamberlain in 2009, Baltimore slugger Aubrey Huff—a former victim of Chamberlain's antics—fist-pumps twice while crossing home plate.
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