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Joba Chamberlain is not in the best shape of his life

Feb 9, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

Joba chamberlain throwing

UPDATE:  Erik Boland talked to Chamberlain.  Joba says his added weight is muscle, and is the result of adding a home gym this winter.  So there.

11:oo AMCC Sabathia lost 30 pounds. If you believe this tweet from the Post’s Brian Costello a few minutes ago, Joba Chamberlain may have found some of them:

Joba looks like he gained some weight.

Not cool for a guy who is about to embark on a season that could make or break his career.

Anyway, know what would be funny?  If the ballplayers took to Twitter and commented on the writers’ weight. “Looks like Calcaterra developed an allergy to vegetables this winter.”  “Gleeman ain’t in the best shape of his life.”

Of course, that would assume that the players give a rat’s patootie about who we are. Which is not a safe assumption.

  1. uyf1950 - Feb 9, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    I find this piece somewhat hard to believe. Joba has always taken his appearance very seriously (said somewhat sarcastically). I said it earlier if Joba doesn’t show the Yankees he’s worth it prior to the trade deadline, then he’s gone. He will be part of a trade package for a pitcher if the Yankees have not already signed one before then.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Feb 9, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Luckily the Universe has enough money so that when THE FAT TOAD shows up looking like William Howard Taft, we can put him on “ignore”.

  3. Jonny 5 - Feb 9, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    I for one am allergic to veggies. If I eat salad, it’s like the salad shooter in my toilet 30 minutes later or less. Maybe Joba has that issue as well?

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Feb 9, 2011 at 11:20 AM

      HAHAHAA, my best friends growing up (and still friends now) were two siblings in an all vegetarian family. They all had their own gardens for veggies and would get all excited to eat a fresh cucumber. We fondly called them salad shooters. Now, I’m trying to find that old commercial…

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Feb 9, 2011 at 11:21 AM

        ….and here we are.

      • phukyouk - Feb 9, 2011 at 11:26 AM

        better shot than tossed. im just sayin

      • Jonny 5 - Feb 9, 2011 at 2:36 PM

        Yup, it’s just like that… Excluding the soundtrack.

  4. craftylefty318 - Feb 9, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    If you read Boland from Daily News, he tweeted that he actually talked to Joba afterward, who had a gym put in his home over the off-season; and it’s muscle.
    But I guess it’s more important to be “first” making judgments from off the field before actually talking to the guy.

    • Panda Claus - Feb 9, 2011 at 11:34 AM

      So you’re saying the Joba IS in the best shape of his life then. I was worried we would start seeing “Joba the Hut” comments soon.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 9, 2011 at 11:43 AM

        Believe me you will see those. Besides I see craftylefty318’s comment. He doesn’t say Joba actually used the gym equipment. Only that he had it put in his home over the off season.

      • Utley's Hair - Feb 9, 2011 at 2:02 PM

        What about Joba visiting Pizza the Hut?

  5. goldneagles - Feb 9, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    A short history of Yankees fans reacting to Justin Chamberlain’s weight:

    2007: (fat jiggles as J.C. has like a 500 ERA+) “He’s country strong!”
    2008-2009: (fat jiggles as J.C. screams and fist-pumps through seventh innings in May) “Joba being Joba!”
    2010-2011: (fat jiggles as J.C. kind of sucks) “He’s a toad! Trade the bum!”

    • Charles Gates - Feb 9, 2011 at 12:21 PM

      Joshua Chamberlain was portrayed as a thinking leader in The Killer Angels, one who disagreed with General Robert E. Lee about tactics heading into, and through, the Battle of Gettysburg. This is a somewhat different understanding of the man than that held by many in the South, where it is widely viewed that his dissention was basically disertion. I could go back and reread a few choice passages, but I nary remember a mention of his girth, or lack there of.

      • Utley's Hair - Feb 9, 2011 at 1:53 PM

        Joshua Chamberlain disagreed with Robert E. Lee about quite a lot, since he fought for the Union. He had that swinging hinge attack on the charging Rebs on Little Round Top.

      • Charles Gates - Feb 9, 2011 at 6:49 PM

        Where do I claim my prize for the biggest brain fart ever?

    • Charles Gates - Feb 9, 2011 at 12:27 PM

      Wilt Chamberlain is 7′ 1″, 275 lbs.

      • Jason @ IIATMS - Feb 9, 2011 at 5:53 PM

        Guessing his weight might be a bit lower these days.

    • yankeesfanlen - Feb 9, 2011 at 12:34 PM

      Neville Chamberlain appeased the Nazis before WWII by signing the Munich agreement. THE FAT TOAD only gives away runs to teams in the colonies, plus Toronto.

    • Utley's Hair - Feb 9, 2011 at 1:56 PM

      Richard Chamberlain portrayed Edmond Dantes in the Count of Monte Cristo…mmm…battered and fried sandwiches…which incidentally brings us back to Joba.

  6. BC - Feb 9, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Well, now you know why the Yankees signed Soriano.

  7. Jonny 5 - Feb 9, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Joba is a starter now. He needs to bulk up.

    • pisano - Feb 9, 2011 at 8:33 PM

      Jonny5….Wrong, he needs to go !

  8. spudchukar - Feb 9, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    So Yankee Universe, are you vast enough to hold the ever-expanding Joba?

  9. spudchukar - Feb 9, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Oh those quickly emerging Stars, just when their light shines brightest, they fizzle, implode and create such a deep dark black hole.

  10. spudchukar - Feb 9, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Perhaps a few more pounds, and the Ol’ Husker, will expand his abilities to ECLIPSE the entire sun-drenched 3B stands.

  11. colonelcamp - Feb 10, 2011 at 1:22 AM

    The yankees screwed this guy up so bad. He’ll never be the same again. Too bad…

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