Joba Rules

by - July 27, 2010 - - Comment Now »


Joba Chamberlain is a phenom. Joba Chamberlain is a flame thrower. Joba Chamberlain will be the successor to Mariano Rivera. Joba Chamberlain will be a front line, Cy Young caliber, starting pitcher. Joba Chamberlain is awesome.

Those and similar statements seemed to be the sentiments echoed by nearly everyone regarding Joba Chamberlain early in his career. Now, he is totally unreliable and some Yankee fans want to toss him in trades as a throw-in.

To me, the phrase “Joba Rules”, now indicates something new. Joba proves the number one rule of why so many people are obsessed with sports. Why so many people maniacally follow and think about something so trivial. Sports are actual drama. The script is not written. That is why we watch. That is why we are riveted.

If the script was written, we would’ve known where LeBron was taking his talents beforehand. Then we wouldn’t have followed every little report like it was gospel. If the script was written, Joba Chamberlain would be well on his way toward a Hall of Fame career rather than being a borderline major leaguer.

The thing about all this is that it can always change. We don’t know where Joba will wind up. Right now it looks like it’ll be as a nondescript player. But that ending is not yet written either.

(I did my best to write about baseball. Was I supposed to write about the 112th no-hitter this year? Doesn’t everyone complain that there is no scoring in soccer?)

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