Ask Joba

Open Thread: Arbitration absurdity
What if Jorge can't catch?

Next Tuesday, Joba Chamberlain and Jon Lester are gathering for a talk and a Q-and-A at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Tickets are still available (info here), but we have a better offer than tickets. Long-time reader Jay CT has convinced MC Andrew Marchand to accept some questions from River Ave. Blues. So in this thread, post the question you would pose to Joba and Lester. We’ll gather them up, pick from the best and send them along to Marchand. Make them good, and make RAB proud.

Open Thread: Arbitration absurdity
What if Jorge can't catch?
  • Mike Pop

    Joba, will you be better than Lester?

  • Steve H

    Joba, do you belong in the bul………..

    I’ll stop.

  • Bruno


    How’s your shoulder feeling, and what are you looking forward to most about CC and AJ joining the Yankees?

    • Bruno


      Does Peter Gammons drool when he’s in your locker room?

      • Pablo Zevallos


        Does Peter Gammons drool get the best boners of his life when he’s in your locker room?

        • JeffG

          Very very funny.

  • Paulie

    Joba, what is your true feeling about the starter vs reliever issue? How do you feel about some of the people who have said that they think you should be in the bullpen?

    Now I know he won’t actually answer these questions, he will say something to the effect of, “I will do whatever my team wants me to do.”

    • Peter Lacock

      Just ask him if he got to decide which would HE pick. It’s hard to cop out. You know he’ll say starter.

      Do you have any goals for this season and if so, what are are they?

      Do you and Phil, or any other pitcher, have any kind of competition, any friendly wagers on who will have a better season?

      What have you heard about Andy and if he doesn’t return do you think Cash will make a move, open a competition or does Phil already have a slot locked up?

      Have any veterans offered you advice?

      What is most important for you to be a successful pitcher?

      How’s your Dad?

      When you go drinking, why don’t you hire a freaking driver? You make enough freakin’ money…. are you dumb?

  • The Evil Empire

    If you were the Yankees organization, where would you place Joba C.? In the rotation or in the pen?

  • Steve H

    Joba, should there be mandatory drug testing for anyone on earth who thinks you should be in the bullpen?

    • Bruno

      In honor of TSJC: I enjoyed this comment.

  • VO


    Do you look foward to hitting Youkilis?


    Will you fight Joba if he hits Youkilis?

    • Hobs

      Book it!

    • super OBAman

      Joba, isn’t youkillis a tool?

      • steve (different one)

        ask Lester the same question.

    • JeffG

      Joba – do you think there is a possibility that you throw at Youkilis because his face looks like a mit?

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Joba, what have you learned from your recent DWI arrest?

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Joba, what pitcher did you model yourself after or admire most when you were growing up?

  • Manimal

    Joba, how is your recent relationship with you mother?

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Joba, is it just me or do most women from Nebraska resemble cows?

    • Darla

      As a woman from Nebraska I take great offense to this comment! Get a new hobby besides bashing Nebraska people. I am so sick of the stereotypical comments made about the Midwest. You have way too much time on your hands if this is all you can come up with.

  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Dude! I’m going! I’m excited!

    So Jay from CT, say hi to me, okay? I’ll tell you what shirt I’m wearing when I decide what shirt I’m wearing.

    Joba: How do you deal with the fact that you’ve had to grow up a lot faster than most other 23 year-olds out there?

    Lester: Did the No hitter seem real or like a dream? When did you realize you were pitching something special?

  • 27 this year

    I think Mike, Joe, and Ben are not going to be pleased reading these questions…

  • BigBlueAL

    Joba, honestly, does anyone on the team actually like Arod????

    • Edwar Ramirez

      I like him.

      • Ben K.

        Enough with the fake names. No more.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Joba, you’ve lived in Nebraska all your life. Have you ever seen Bruce Springsteen step foot in Nebraska? The son of a bitch wrote an entire album named “Nebraska” and not a single person has ever seen him there.


    • Matt

      I lol’d.

  • matt k

    To each player. Wat is your favorite and least favorite thing about the opposing players city.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Serious question, what is it with you and Kevin Youkilis?

  • Ed

    Joba. Why do you feel that your shoulder beacame fatigued last season and what do you think that you can do this season to prevent it.

  • Manimal

    I might go, don’t know.

    • Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      I’m going. You could say hi to me.

      • Manimal

        It’s a school night, I have some convincing to do to my parents. It IS a two hour drive… If I do really good on my midterms maybe I can go.

        • Rebecca-Optimist Prime

          I had forgotten how annoying it is being in high school…bah….

          My friend’s driving me. I’m glad I don’t have class the next day.

          • Manimal

            Annoying doesn’t even explain it. During the baseball season I need my hw done by 7 or else I’m not getting much done. I can’t eve watch West coast games

            • Rebecca-Optimist Prime

              Well, I still can’t always stay up to see the west coast games =P

  • Mike Pop

    Heh, I really should of gone to Sacred Heart this year.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Joba, I understand you have a 3 year old son named Karter.

    What’s his fastball like and has Scott Boras called you about him yet?

  • matt

    Joba how much did it annoy you when the NY media made a big deal about your on the field celebrations, when you were just a 22 ? y/o kid coming into the big leagues on the biggest stage in the world dominating the competition and showing your excitement/ enthusiasm?

  • pete

    Lester: Do you think Joba belongs in the bullpen or the rotation? Also, how do you think incrementally increasing your yearly innings totals has affected your arm strength and endurance?

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Joba, show Andrew Marchand how to throw the ball 101 MPH like you do.

    • Jack

      That’s not a question.

      • steve (different one)

        it’s made with bits of real panther.

        • Jack

          I enjoyed this comment.

  • Jamal G.

    Joba, to the next writer or analyst that suggests you should waste your awesomeness of a right arm in the bullpen, would you rather:

    a) Choke-slam them
    b) Perform a Stone Cold Stunner on them
    c) Deliver some Sweet Chin Music

    • Old Ranger

      C) And only with the left hand!

  • Chris

    What’s it like growing up in the best baseball rivalry as friends? In the old days the two teams’ players hated each other but now we see laughs shared between Arod/Ortiz, Jeter/Pedroia, Joba/Lester.

    • Hobs

      Are Joba and Lester friends? I thought it was Joba and Buchholz.

  • usty

    Can we rip shots of Jager together and do donuts in the Yankee players lot after a game this year?

  • usty

    Do you shed a tear when you have to shave your badass offseason beard?

  • jr

    do you find johnny walker green to be smoother than johnny walker black?

  • Steve S

    Joba, I’m a bit confused. You see when I see you pitching in a secondary reference frame, while moving at .98c, the speed of your fastball seems different from that of a person standing still right next to you, in the Joba Chamberlain reference frame. Could you please explain Einstein’s special relativity and how you apply it to your everday life.

    Jon, what’s ya favorite chowda – I think New England is wicked awesome.

    • huuz

      classic stuff. 0.98c. i love it!

  • Currambayankees

    What has the dui arrest taught you? Will you be ready to go as a starter this year?

  • Steve S

    Did you ever find Bugs Bunny attractive when he put on a dress and wig to fool Elmer Fudd?

    Me neither….just wondering

  • Pablo Zevallos

    Joba, what do you say to the people who want you in the bullpen?

    • Joba

      They’re bums! I’m a future 20 game winner.

      • Ben K.

        Second warning. Enough with the fake names. We obviously know that you’re the same person as above. A third warning will be a ban.

  • Christopher


    What did Kevin Youkilis do to you that makes you throw at him?

  • Joe

    Joba, Did you use a designated driver to get here?

  • Ryan S.


    Do you expect to use your curveball more this season? Is it a pitch you feel comfortable you will be able to get outs with?

  • Ellis

    To both pitchers,

    Who has been the greatest mentor to you on your respective teams?

    And, in all honesty – is it hard to be confident without being cocky, knowing that you are each quite possibly the most talented pitcher in your rotations?


  • steve

    i moved out of fairfield CT because it was boring as hell …. and now joba is visiting …. awesome.

    • Should be working

      You have to make your own fun here.

  • Mike R.

    If Donald Duck never wears pants why does he tie a towel around his waist when he gets out of the shower?


    Question for both:

    Not including your home field what are you favorite and least favorite places to pitch and why?

  • Mike R.

    What career would you have pursued had professional baseball not been an option?

  • Drew

    Joba, Have you trained differently this offseason compared to past years in college and you first pro year? And do you think you are prepared (barring Joba Rules) to pitch 200+ innings as any solid starter must do?

    P.S. Can’t wait to see Youkillis on his A$$!!

    • Jays

      no class
      so juvinille

  • Bruce B

    Joba, With your style of pitching, and your power, your fastball is dominant. Have you worked on perfecting your off speed pitch for the upcoming season?

    Good luck this season!

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Joba, have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Joba, if crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight?

  • JeffG

    Joba – Coming into the season prepared as a started, with the idea that you will be stretched out and ready to go once the season starts, have you given thought about how your approach to getting outs might change?

    Joba – Last year you had to pitch most of your games to Molina. When you came up you were mostly lined up with Jorge. What would you say is the biggest difference in how they call a game? Does pitching to one or the other change your approach?

    John – How do you think playing a full season without Manny Ramirez will affect your club, especially seeing you did not replace is bat with a guy like Teixeira?

    John – In light of the play for Teixeira, how do you think Lowell is viewing his role on the team? Have you had a chance to speak with him?

  • pat

    Joba can you please explain to me just what the hell is going on in Lost? Time travel….seriously?
    Lester- losersayswhat?

  • Axl

    For Joba:

    Given the choice would you rather be a starter for the rest of your career or the heir to Mariano Rivera’s throne…

    For Lester:

    Don’t sign an extension with Boston…you were a big Andy Pettitte fan…come to the Yankees to fulfill the dream!

  • teixburnathia

    Hey Joba got any good nicknames we could call you?

  • Jays

    Why do you aim at Youk’s head?
    Are you jealous?