LADY AT THE BAT: Joba Hits The Fans Where It Hurts

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Joba Hits The Fans Where It Hurts

Last night after Joba Chamberlain gave up a three-run homer to David Dellucci, putting the Indians ahead for good, The YES Network panned the crowd for their reaction to Joba's first big failure in Yankee Stadium. What I saw was shocking.

I saw Yankee fans looking as if they'd lost their job, home, and family all at the same time. Almost everyone the camera focused on looked like the saddest person in the world. It reminded me of something else I used to see before 2004. It reminded me of how Red Sox fans used to look.

The Yankees would come into Fenway back in the late '90s and early '00s and they'd always fall behind, only to come back, get the lead and win the game. The TV cameras would focus on the Fenway Faithful at that point, and they'd always be looking like the most dejected people in the world. I loved it!

Now that the tide has turned I don't love it, not just because it's the Yankee fans that are dejected, but because they looked so dejected on May 6th! I could understand it if it was later in the season and the bullpen had been problematic all year. But this Yankee bullpen has been outstanding! It's might be the best in baseball. I know, it's mostly the shock of finding out that Joba is human, but still. It's May 6th!

I have every confidence that Joba will bounce back and continue his domination. He just didn't have it last night. It happens, people. Get over it.

The Lady

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