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Joba Chamberlain dislocated his ankle while jumping on a trampoline with his son

Mar 23, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

Face meet palm:

He’s still in the hospital and will be for several days. According to Curry, Brian Cashman keeps saying it’s “a significant injury,” seems distressed, and can’t say what the time frame for recovery is. But really, you have to assume it will be very long. UPDATE: Yup, it’s all of 2012.

This while trying to come back from Tommy John surgery. Just totally snakebit. Assuming snakes sit on trampolines, waiting to bite you.

  1. eastcoastblows - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    What an idiot! Just like the Yankee fan base, ignorant and entitled

    • hasbeen5 - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      Yeah, what a moron for playing with his kid.

      You’re a douche.

      • whatthehellisansky - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:49 AM

        dude if your body is you meal ticket you dont get on a trampoline with anyone. period. plain. simple.

      • Gobias Industries - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:29 AM

        In his defense, he didn’t get on a “trampoline”. He got on a “trampoline of sorts”. Everyone knows that a trampoline of sorts isn’t nearly as dangerous as a trampoline.

    • pjmarn6 - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      Simple math $2 million less $200,000 to agent. After taxes $1,1170,000 invested in solid 6% fund=$70,200 less 15% yearly tax=$59,670.00 saving the principle.
      So in effect he threw away $60,000 tax free for the rest of his life.
      Stupid is as stupid does.

    • CJ - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      you can’t blame him for getting on the trampoline. He probably didn’t think he could get air on it.

      I still think that he didn’t get hurt “jumping” on a trampoline, he probably got hurt falling through the bottom of it when it couldn’t hold his weight.

  2. ame123 - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Nice knowing ya, Joba

    • wendell7 - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:00 PM

      If he didn’t throw at Kevin Youkilis’ head virtually every time he has faced him in his very short and over-hyped career, … well, heck I’d almost feel bad for Joba.

  3. phukyouk - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Paging Len… Paging Len.. Len please pick up the white phone

    • yankeesfanlen - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      Indeed, in an incident such as this, one wonders who had the more significant injury, The Fat Toad or the trampoline.
      The reverberation from the thunk stirred up gnats at Progressive Field.

      • APBA Guy - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM

        Truly, I know you are allowing a touch of sympathy to enter your thoughts about Joba in this case, as today it’s the Fat Toad, and not the traditional THE FAT TOAD.

    • cur68 - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:55 AM

      Probably can’t: he’s at a lost wondering what a Fat Toad needs with trampoline anyways. I imagine he’s sitting somewhere muttering into his coffee that “a trampoline for the Fat Toad is like a ladder for a Giraffe”.

      Anyhow, good luck with the ankle, Joba. It took Kendreys Morales significant time to recover from the same injury. Hope his surgeons got it right in one pass.

  4. ezthinking - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Can’t DFA a guy on the DL right? Maybe just take him out behind the dugout and shoot him.

    • uyf1950 - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:39 AM

      Not sure about that. If the injury is caused by “non” baseball activities.

      • jwbiii - Mar 23, 2012 at 12:45 PM

        You are correct, uyf. The Yankees released Aaron Boone in 2004 after he tore up his knee playing basketball in the off season. They did have to pay his severance pay.

  5. uyf1950 - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Chamberlain isn’t “snake bitten”. He’s just a moron, and that coming from a Yankees fan. These guys make more money in a year then most people will make in their entire lifetimes. But it seems some of them are just plain stupid.

    • Alex K - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      I don’t think it’s fair to call him a moron if he was just jumping on a trampoline with his kid. How freakish is that injury? I’ve jumped on a trampoline hundreds of times and never had that happen.

      He’s a young man with a young kid, I think it’s great he was spending time with him. That alone makes him far less than a moron.

      • uyf1950 - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:03 AM

        I hate to disagree with you. But Joba was/is rehabbing from a serious injury and still making almost $2MM per year. What he did, when he did it tells me he’s lacking in common sense. There are plenty of other ways I’m sure Joba could have spent time and enjoyed the company of his son other then risking another injury by “playing on a trampoline”.

        Sorry but I think I was being kind by just calling him a moron.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:09 AM

        Sorry but I think I was being kind by just calling him a moron.

        No, you guys are being a bit of an ass about it. He’s playing with his son. You can injured doing anything. Ever seen a player blow his knee out while just making a cut on the field? Robertson hurt his foot going down stairs, Barmes hurt his knee (i think) carrying meat up his stairs, people have hurt their back moving TVs.

      • uyf1950 - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:29 AM

        church, the point is he wasn’t injured “just doing anything”. He was injured “jumping on a trampoline”.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

        I understand what he was doing. But if your point is he’s an idiot for getting injured doing something probably all of us have done numerous times and never got injured before, then it’s just the same as criticizing people for doing other things and getting injured.

        Also, let’s not forget that Chamberlain’s dad has essentially been confined to a motorized scooter/wheelchair for most of Joba’s life and he’s gone 6 mos out of the year playing baseball. Are we really going to fault this guy for playing with his kid?

        It’s not like he shot himself in the foot or got another DUI.

      • uyf1950 - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:40 AM

        church, I think you seriously underestimate the inherent risk associated with trampolines. You might want to read Craig’s most recent blog he put up a few minutes ago.

    • yankeesfanlen - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:52 AM

      “”Stupid is as stupid does” Forrest Gump, who was probably a better pitcher anyway.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:37 AM

      All these freakin idiots drinking and driving, putting their lives and others in danger, and you call Joba a moron for a freak accident at home? You better rethink what constitutes “moron.”

      • uyf1950 - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:49 AM

        A moron among other things is defined as a “very stupid person” by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

        What Joba did, when he did it and because his livelihood and his employer depends on him avoiding undue risks and because of the inherent risks associated with trampolines I think justifies my original comment about him.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:58 AM

        Agree to disagree, bud.

  6. woodenulykteneau - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.Because a team-sourced/produced story without independent verification is *always* accurate.

    Personally, I have to wonder if he was with Matt Bush yesterday afternoon.

  7. yankeesgameday - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    1: you know he is in the hospital feeling awful on a dozen levels about this

    2: what a fucking dumb ass.

    3: joba you had a chance to provide for your kid for the rest of his life but you thought five minutes on a trampoline was more important. Don’t you ever watch the Simpsons?

    • yankeesgameday - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      • itsacurse - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:59 AM

  8. spudchukar - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Everything the Joba jumps on is a trampoline “of sorts”.

  9. danrizzle - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Lot of venom for Chamberlain here. I know trampolines are not exactly the safest things out there, but he didn’t exactly shoot himself out of a cannon. This sounds like just an accident. What exactly did he do wrong?

    • danrizzle - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      Sorry for the fifty thousand “exactly”s in that post.

  10. Jonny 5 - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    THAT has to hurt in 20 different ways. Dislocated ankle? Let’s just say he’ll be lucky to ever pitch in the big leagues ever again. Tearing enough ligaments in your ankle to render it dislocated is rather disastrous actually and th, th, th, that’s all folks.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:56 AM

      As always, depends on the damage. Garrison Hearst f’d his ankle up and do to severing some nerves, almost lost it completely. Leon Washington’s ankle/leg broke through the skin on his break, but was back in a year.

      • Jonny 5 - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:06 AM

        Yeah, I guess anything is possible but how long has it been since he pitched so far? I think adding a year to that may be a big thing to overcome. Just tearing a couple of ligaments in my knee, and being immobilized for 3 weeks, I’ve lost a big portion of muscle in that area. It’s actually kinda scary how fast your muscles atrophy when not used. I wish the guy the best but this doesn’t sound good for his career.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:13 AM

        Well pitched in game, not for awhile. But he’s already began (begun?) his throwing program and was looking to come back post all star break. Unfortunately, guys from RAB are saying a minimum of 10-12 weeks of rehab before being able to do anything, so he’s probably done for the year.

      • Jonny 5 - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

        Sucks… Strange, all of a sudden I have much more compassion for these guys injured. I wonder why that is? Thank god my career doesn’t hang in the balance over things like this.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM

        Heh probably age. It’s different when you are in HS and a groin/hamstring injury keeps you out for like a day or two. Then you hit 30+ and all of a sudden you pull your groin playing some pick up basketball, and you’re done for the season.

  11. - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    It never amazes me what professional athletes do to inhibit their performance.

    I worked in Property/Casualty Insurance for a year and a half. It’s because of my time in that industry that I keep my children away from trampolines. ER visits, personal injury lawsuits etc. Those things are bad news.

    There are plenty of other things out there that are more dangerous than trampolines but that’s the problem. You’re on your guard doing other activities that are preceived as more dangerous.

    If my kid said he wanted to ride a bull, I’d sign him up. He’s not getting on a tramploline.

  12. nagrommit - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Can’t wait to see the Yankees memorial uniform patch for this.

  13. yahmule - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    My best to Chamberlain. Too bad the Yankees completely mishandled his career. Now their bitter ridiculously entitled fans can take some more cheap shots at the guy for playing with his kid,

  14. nategearhart - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Jesus, some of you guys with your insults. I’m none of you were my dad.

  15. Bar None - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    What is a trampoline “of sorts”. Was it not actually jumping on a trampoline? Were they flinging people in the air with a blanket like in The Big Lebowski?

  16. poprox13 - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Thought I felt the earth shake yesterday, glad it wasnt an earthquake.

  17. ramsox - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Bobby V. bought the trampoline-Trojan horse

  18. randygnyc - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Cut him.

  19. drewzducks - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Hilarious. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. Now he can about with his life and pursue his true calling, running drugs for his momma. Go Huskers!

  20. buffalomafia - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Joba sucks anyway! He isn’t worth a pack of sunflower seeds!

  21. racksie - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Yes, finely tuned athletes often dislocate their ankles, doing athletic activities. I’m going to bet this is a B.S. story. Like most “odd” baseball injuries. Or he is really uncoordinated. Which would make sense for a MLB pitcher. Or not.

  22. psousa1 - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    somewhere Carl Pavano is smiling…………

  23. aceshigh11 - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    As much as I’d love to gloat and rip this guy, jumping on a trampoline is about as innocuous an activity as you can engage in.

    It’s not like he was skydiving or off-roading. He could have screwed his ankle up JOGGING, for god’s sake.

    I dislike the man intensely, but this is just a freak accident, and I feel kinda bad for him.

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