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Get Over it - Or Joba Will Fist Pump You Right in the Face
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I have been resisting writing anything about the Jobamania Fist-gate lately on principle, because I simply find the whole "debacle" ridiculous and essentially a waste of our valuable ESPN-reading time (not to mention YC reading time). Unfortunately, I can no longer ignore the issue, because Goose Gossage has succeeded in making me so disgusted that I am finding myself unable to ignore it for one moment longer.

I am referring, of course, to the "backlash" surrounding Joba and his habit of pumping his fist after striking a batter out. I'm sure you've seen what I'm talking about: when that third strike is called, Joba gets as excited as a giddy little schoolgirl and pumps his fist. For some reason that I cannot understand, some folks in the baseball world are offended by shows of emotion, calling it "bush" or "unnecessary," including Hall of Famer Goose Gossage:
There’s no place for it in the game... That's just not the Yankee way, what Joba did. Let everyone else do that stuff, but not a Yankee. What I don't understand is, the kid's got the greatest mentor in the world in Mariano [Rivera]. He's one of the leaders of the team, so you'd think it wouldn't happen on that team.
Essentially, Goose is saying that not only is there no place for emotion or pride in one's abilities in the baseball but that Yankee players in particular should abstain from expressing any feelings whatsoever. Additionally, he believes that Mariano should be in control of what his teammates do on the mound.

Allow me to slip into some text message slang for a brief moment: WTF?!

I could not disagree more with this HoF loon. What Joba does is so innocuous it could barely be defined as celebrating, much less grandstanding. He is an excited young kid and one of the most talented youngsters in the game; his passion is key to his success. For his part, Joba showed serious class by respectfully listening to what Goose had to say but refusing to tone down his happy antics:
Everybody has their own opinion. It is what it is. I am not going to change.

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Wednesday, May 14, 2008  
  • At 1:19 PM, Blogger Dude. said…

    I agree that this is such nonsense. Some announcer (Joe Morgan maybe?) was also complaining about Melky and Cano's homerun celebration. I find it rediculous..

    If I was a 23 year old ball player and I just struck out someone who has been in the majors for years, I'm gonna be damn happy too.

    Same deal goes for Melky..if I hit a homerun off a big deal pitcher, you'd better believe I'm high-fiving my teammates in the dugout..maybe do a little spin too..who cares?

    The Yankees have been a very dry team in terms of emotional outbursts for far too long..I wanna see some excitement! (That doesn't involve a pitcher breaking his hand while punching a wall)

  • At 2:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Remember this is the Yankees, a team that regulates facial hair length...expect stupid shit from this "Class" organization

  • At 4:10 PM, Blogger Dude. said…

    Anonymous: That would be a valid argument EXCEPT, the people complaining are not part of the Yankees organization. The people complaining are the ESPN announcers and general media folks.

    I have yet to see a complaint from the front office or even Giradi.

  • At 4:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Actually it was a reference to the flack that Goose got back in his days, sorry I didn't make that clearer. I think that the fist pump is as a reaction over the rush of the game is totally acceptable.

  • At 8:33 AM, Blogger Dude. said…


    I thought it was in reference to Mattingly's sideburns

  • At 1:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Great Simpsons ref Nick!

  • At 12:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    When a waitress gets an order right does she pump her fist in excitement? No. Neither do we when we do our jobs correctly.

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