We're a little over 24 hours removed from the news that Joba Chamberlain nearly died after suffering an open dislocation of his right ankle while playing on a trampoline with his 5 year old son. These 24 hours have been filled with a lot of commentary about what happened, a lot of it harshly directed toward Joba. People have tweeted trampoline jokes, held forth on Joba's supposed stupidity, and, as is the case with Bill Madden of the New York Daily News, all but declared Joba's career to be over.
In his column today Madden went so far as to compare Joba to Brien Taylor. Long-time Yankee fans will remember Taylor as a can't-miss pitcher destined for greatness in pinstripes. However, Taylor's career ended when he blew out his shoulder defending his brother in a bar fight. Madden calls both pitchers dumb and dumber, and suggests that Joba is in danger of going down the same path as Taylor, who ended up arrested for drug trafficking. It's a very scathing piece, one that made me think after reading it, that Bill Madden has nothing but hatred for Joba Chamberlain.
I also think this: Joba Chamberlain and Brien Taylor are alike. In one way. They have both demonstrated that family is very important to them. Taylor was sticking up for his brother when he got hurt. Joba was spending time with his son, the son he is very close to and whom he tweets about all the time.
Yes, what Joba did was wrong. But to crucify him the way Madden and others have done, especially if he was near death, is just plain wrong. So, come on people. Can it.