LADY AT THE BAT: Joba's Mom & Posada Are Talking About Him

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Joba's Mom & Posada Are Talking About Him

Joba Chamberlain continues to finish the 2008 season in the bullpen, last night striking out two and giving up one hit in the 8th inning of the Yankees' win against the White Sox. It's not clear if he'll stay in the pen in 2009 or return to the starting rotation. It's also not clear if his mom will ever see him pitch in person again.

As for whether Joba starts or remains in the pen next season, Jorge Posada has made his own feelings known. You've probably heard that he thinks Joba should stay in the bullpen next season. Why? Because he'll get hurt if he starts. That makes no sense to me, but that's probably because of the context in which Posada made those comments. If there was more time for him to explain himself he probably would have made more sense.

Joba's mom, Jackie Standley, is getting more time to explain herself these days. She's granted an interview to a reporter in which she says that Harlan Chamberlain did not raise Joba all by himself. She was in his life as well. I'm not sure what to believe here. Was she around, as she says she was, or was she not, as Joba and Harlan say? My guess is that, as is always the case in situations like this, the truth is somewhere in between. My best to Jackie and Joba.

(aka, The Lady)

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