After his recent beatdown at the hands of the Jays, Joba Chamberlain made comments that bothered some Yankees fans in their nonchalance. Following another poor performance against the Angels, some new comments were uttered:
“This is just a good team and they put a lot of pressure on you,” he said…..
“To tell the truth, I feel better right now than I’ve felt the whole season, as far as the command of my pitches and the way my fastball is sinking,” he said. “I’ve just got to keep going out and keep pitching. It’s not like I haven’t gone through horrible stretches in my career.”
Summer School dvdrip How dare he say such ridiculous things!! Why isn’t he throwing things against the clubhouse wall? He is just an overhyped kid with an attitude problem! Oh wait, Joba did not make those comments?
That is what Andy Pettitte said after his most recent outing. Joba said the following:
“It’s frustrating. I’m letting my teammates down. It’s kind of embarrassing, too,” he said. “At the end of the day, we have the second half (of the season) to get better. You can’t change the past.”
But there is also some denial. If you listen to his postgame interview session, Joba says three times that his stuff and mechanics in the last two starts were the best he has had this season.
“If I had an answer for you, it would probably be a lot easier,” he said. “I felt I’ve been better in the last two but we came up against some good ball clubs. They hit mistakes and that is what they’re supposed to do.”
“You have to work your tail off,” Chamberlain said. “But the sun will come out tomorrow. I’ll be the same person I was before.”
It is amazing how similar the two quotes are. Both players express frustration with their performances, but state that their stuff is as good as it has been all year. Both tip their cap to the opposition while acknowledging that they need to work to find a solution. Yet Andy’s comments are treated as innocuous statements while Joba is vilified for “being in denial.”
Joba is not in denial. It is perfectly consistent to state that his stuff has been better the last two games while pointing out that he has made more mistakes, leading to his getting smacked around. He is being perfectly candid and getting ripped for it. He would be better off going to the standard canned quotes used by Derek Jeter, because some fans and most of the writers cannot deal with anything that does not fit their idea of how a ballplayer should react to a poor performance.
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