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Caption contest: Joe Girardi talking to Joba Chamberlain

Feb 28, 2014, 12:40 PM EDT

LAKELAND, FLORIDA — Walking around before today’s Yankees-Tigers game and I came across this lovely reunion:





What do you suppose Girardi was explaining to Joba?

  1. holleywood9 - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    “U gotta see this new trampoline I got”

  2. jjschiller - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    “No, no, no. Look. It’s about deficits. A calorie is a calorie. Take in less energy than you expend, and you’re going to lose weight. Forget this paleo stuff. Eat less, work more. Easy.”

  3. phantomspaceman - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    “It’s not us, it’s you.”

  4. bitlrc - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Joe: what do you think without the braces?
    Joba: eh. If I was a girl, I’d hit that. What do you think of my fastball?
    Joe: same answer

    • apkyletexas - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:17 PM

      Nice on so many levels.

    • djpostl - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      Winner winner, chicken dinner!

  5. themanytoolsofignorance - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Joe- “Well, I’m happy to see you, Joba. Settling in ok?”
    Joba- “Sure thing, Joe. Thanks a million, by the way.”
    Joe- “Don’t worry about it. Glad to see you on a team with a chance to go all the way.”
    Joba- “Yeah! Look at these guys! That infield is so much better than what I was used too…Hey! Don’t cry! It’ll be ok!”
    Joe (sniffling)- “I’m not crying!”

    • protectthishouse54 - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      The infield is irrelevant when the ball is constantly being launched over the fence.

      • themanytoolsofignorance - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:26 PM

        He’ll be happy with Cabrera then

      • djpostl - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        “He’ll be happy with Cabrera then”

        Wow, his comment went right over your head.

      • themanytoolsofignorance - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:00 PM

        No. Not really. I just turned it around to the Tiger’s infield being much better than the Yankees and they have a better HR hitter, too. Complicated, but there you go – some comments aren’t meant for everyone to get

  6. raysfan1 - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    “Han says he has the money this time. I’m going send Boba Fett after him anyway.”
    “Send Boba Fett to me. I have Solo frozen in carbonite already.”

    • themanytoolsofignorance - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      I wish I’d commented this instead. Just add a “mu-ha ha!” to the end and you have it. I wonder who the down thumbers are? People who don’t like a well placed Star Wars quote? cretins, if you ask me

      • raysfan1 - Feb 28, 2014 at 5:07 PM

        I find their lack of faith…disturbing.

  7. hilta30 - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    See Joba a salad has lettuce …….

  8. tferr85 - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    After all I’ve done for you. I took you in, treated you like family. And this is how you repay me?

  9. StottsEra - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    where’s Joba’s belt ?

  10. rockthered1286 - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    “I know I CAN shed the lbs, but let’s be honest here- CC looks like a bobble head since he lost all that weight. I mean it’s very Al Roker-esque. I’ll pass.”

  11. tfbuckfutter - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    “You look like a goddamned hobo.”

  12. genericcommenter - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    “Sorry, man. I thought you were Vince Vaughn.”

  13. jsally430 - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Now do you think you can get me a job next year I’ll take anything

  14. historiophiliac - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    JC: “Man, my shoulders feel so much looser — like I don’t have the weight of a bunch of old men dragging me down anymore.” (laughs)

    JG: (smiles) “Enjoy your time now. Your team. Your teammates. Because here’s what I’m gonna do. I’m gonna cut your f****ing arm off. And I’m gonna feed your f****ing arm to the g****mn fish. Some f***ing sharks or something. Do you understand me? I’m gonna cut your f****ing arm off. Your kids are gonna say ‘Where’s Daddy’s f***ing arm? Why can’t Daddy hug me with two arms?’ Cuz your f****ing arm is gonna be gone. Okay? Alright, good seeing you again. Good luck out there today.”

  15. sandwiches4ever - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    “Remember that stuff I told you about not giving up home runs? Man, I was just messing with you, Joba. You be you, remember that.”

  16. mentalotherhalf - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    JC: Gotta admit, I’m a little nervous about both facial hair and my future…

    JG: A wise, well-hung and better-groomed man once told me: “Time is a flat circle…”

    JC: Huh?

    JG: It means we’ll bring you back when you’re over 35, have just begun to decline–for the second time–and we’ll pay you about 25-33% above market. But we’ll still have a facial hair policy, because nihilism always destroys itself before it finishes the job on everything else. See you then.

    JC (feeling both better and worse): …

  17. bigharold - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    “What do you suppose Girardi was explaining to Joba?”

    JG: STFU, .. NOT ANOTHER WORD. Say one more thing and I’ll take these Oakley’s off and wear you fat ass out. You don’t work for me anymore so I don’t put up with you adolescent BS anymore. And, Cashman wouldn’t do a effing thing about it now. AND, another thing, I double dog dare you to throw at one of my guys. I’ll be the first one out of the dugout and I’ll personally see to it that you spend the rest of the day spiting out teeth.

    Or, he could’ve just said; hey you look good, how’s the family?

  18. pisano - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Hopefully Joe was telling him to stay off the booze.

  19. mentalotherhalf - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    JG: Has Ausmus become as fascinating as Calcaterra says?

    JC: Pretty much.

    JG: Does he go boxers or briefs?

    JC: Boxer-briefs. Otherwise: commando.

    JG: That makes sense. I should’ve guessed that. Thanks Joby; that info should give me an edge within the new replay challenge system; especially on home plate collision calls.

    JC: Huh?

    JG: You’ll understand when you’re older… Maybe not, but probably. I like the smiley face tattoo better in person, by the way.

    JC: Uhm, thanks?

    JG: Yup.

  20. giuffra316 - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    ‘I told you to let me throw southpaw’ – Joba;

    ‘You SUCKED as a starter and as a closer throwing righty, so if you want to bury yourself completely and throw with the other arm, go right ahead!’ -Girardi

  21. bostonboresme - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    “YOU’RE giving me the it’s not you it’s me routine?…I INVENTED it’s not you it’s me!”


  22. daymotox - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Joba, YOU are not a Yankee for life!

  23. 13arod - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    I bet joe was talking to joba about how to pitch because joba sucks

  24. jfk69 - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    I wanted you man. Facial hair and the new tat as well. But you know Cash.

  25. dirtyharry1971 - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    JC Man you would think the jays might spend a few bucks this off season?
    JG Naaa its the “bluejays” we are taking about here!!
    JC Yea that’s right, only the bluejays would stand pat on a team that got hammered last season and actually think they might do better this year!!
    JG Gotta love those jays, we love seeing them on the schedule!

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