If young Joba Chamberlain misbehaves tomorrow night, he might face a spanking from someone else's Papi.What kind of crap is this? For years everyone on that staff, especially Pedro Martinez, made a habit of throwing at Jeter or any other Yankee that decided to stand a little too close to the plate. Now that they're finally getting a taste of their own medicine it has to stop? No way.
With Chamberlain scheduled to start for the Yankees in the opener of a three-game series against the Red Sox, David Ortiz yesterday said the talented right-hander should avoid using Kevin Youkilis' head as a bull's-eye.
"None of that, man -- just play the game the way it's supposed to be, and that's about it," Ortiz said, referring to Chamberlain.
"This is a guy, as good as he is, the next step for him will be to earn respect from everybody in the league. He's not a bad guy, but when things like that happen, people get the wrong idea."
And no, Joba doesn't need the respect of anyone besides his own teammates. There respect is the only respect that matters.
A pitcher cannot allow any opposing player to influence the way they pitch with empty words the day prior to the start of a series. If I'm Joba, my first pitch to Oritz is a brushback pitch.