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Holy HELL I Hate It When...
Friday, April 04, 2008
...the New York media can't think of anything interesting to jabber about and starts grasping at straws for a story, ANY story.

Case in point: Dissecting and over-analyzing the way Joba celebrates a successful pitching outing.

You know what I'm talking about - the innocuous fist pump he does every time he strikes someone out. No, you're not missing anything - THAT is what people are fired up about.

After striking out Frank Thomas on Wednesday, Joba executed the aforementioned fist pump, obviously thrilled that he got out such a prolific hitter and reportedly one of his own personal heroes. He didn't do a little jig, get in the Hurt's face and holler "BEYOTCH!" or get down on his knees and start praising Jesus. See for yourself:

I would certainly not classify that as "excessive celebration" or "jackassery" or even "over-excitement." What's more, Frank Thomas agrees! When asked about Joba's pumpin' all he had to say was:
"He was pumped up, did a good job, and he struck me out in a big situation. So go ahead."
Is there anyone - media aside - out there that thinks this is a big deal AT ALL? It should be such a non-issue that I feel stupid even mentioning it here. Any idiot can see that he's excited, not bragging. Joba has done a lot of interviews, and I have never seen one during which he was anything but humble, grateful, and completely devoid of cockiness.

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Friday, April 04, 2008  
  • At 9:52 AM, Anonymous mets guy said…

    I wish the media and teams in general wouldn't get so irritated when players show emotion. It's good for the fans, and it's good for the game. This is one place where baseball is really far behind other sports, and you can show emotion without being cocky or arrogant.

    Sadly, this is the reason why we traded Lastings Milledge. It's unfair to the player and the fans to dump a guy for not being a robot out there.

  • At 10:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Joba's fist pump is nothing more than a kid being excited. The Yanks are lucky to have people like him, Cano, Melky, and Duncan - guys that SHOW their passion for the game.

  • At 10:26 AM, Blogger Ian said…

    They were talking about that in the Red Sox postgame show the other day how they couldn't understand it since it was just the 8th inning. This is one of the rare times a Red Sox fan, me, disagrees with them.

    No one ever says anything when a starting pitcher shows emotion like that. Watch Carlos Zambrano. I see nothing wrong with him showing a little emotion.

  • At 10:27 AM, Blogger TrueYank619 said…

    I'm so tired when "suits" get involved and when the media takes the fun out of sports. So what, he did a fist pump. If you're a competitor it's just how you are.

    I don't think it's any different than when a guy hits a home run, trots around the bases and the whole team is there to greet him and they start jumping up and down. I mean baseball has had its mix of colorful pitchers including Al "The Mad Hungarian" Hrabosky who would pysch himself on the mound by screaming slapping his glove and all.

    It's a slow news day in Gotham, but Joba said it best when he said this, "That's who I am. That's how I got here. I'm not going to change for anybody. I don't care what they say or what goes along with it."

  • At 10:29 AM, Blogger Adam said…

    When you're Michael Kay, you need to complain about something to mask your shitty commentary.

  • At 1:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm Sox fan and I think papelbon is worse than what Joba did any day of the week.

    and on that note....we look forward to having Joba back at Fenway next weekend!

    Tampa sweeps you this weekend and shows you who's boss!

  • At 3:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thats what this team needs! Guys that get excited to play. Between him and Shell-shocker this team may just get the zap it needs to play like its fun again.

    Nice shot, get that yourself?


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