Uplifting

No hard questions.  Just a friendly, feel-good piece about the young Yankee who wears number 62.

"If I could just be half the man he is, that would be great," he says. – Joba Chamberlain, speaking about his father in the Post.  Single-page , reading-friendly link.

John Sickels also gave Joba a grade A in his New York Yankees Top 20 Prospects for 2008 (ht: waswatching) with Jose Tabata and Ian Kennedy grading a B+.

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  • thanks for sharing ag…a nice feel good story is a good change of pace from the way i’ve been feeling the past few days…i also read a nice piece on joba in “espn the magazine”…he is on the cover of the latest and is consider a “next”…i guess that means, the next star athlete to have an impact on his sport…cynics will call more hype i suppose, but he comes across like a good kid who sincerely loves and appreciates his dad…refreshing…

    dc December 17, 2007, 1:29 pm
  • i should have mentioned that the piece you referenced mentioned the espn article…

    dc December 17, 2007, 1:34 pm
  • Joba is a breath of fresh air, that’s for sure. The ESPN article was pretty cool as well. My favorite part was how he sent a text to Buchholz after his no hitter and said Congrats, I hope you got that out of your system. FYI, you learn in the article that Joba sends about 200 texts per day, to anyone and everyone.

    John - YF December 17, 2007, 1:41 pm
  • FYI, you learn in the article that Joba sends about 200 texts per day, to anyone and everyone
    Hopefully not Kirk Radomski!

    SF December 17, 2007, 1:44 pm
  • 200 Texts a day? Uh, at what point is it an addiction that interferes with one’s life? I kid, but that’s a boat-load of messages.

    Brad December 17, 2007, 1:51 pm
  • Don’t forget to try the veal. SF will be here all week.

    John - YF December 17, 2007, 1:53 pm
  • > My favorite part was how he sent a text to Buchholz after his no hitter and said Congrats, I hope you got that out of your system
    That was my favorite part as well; reading about their camraderie and the fact that they are great friends gave some perspective and closure to that minor dust-up on the site back in September over some wording that Joba used when talking about Bucholz.

    attackgerbil December 17, 2007, 1:53 pm
  • As long as he isn’t playing Guitar Hero, I am fine with him texting all day.

    John - YF December 17, 2007, 1:54 pm
  • reading about their camraderie and the fact that they are great friends
    T-minus seven minutes until a Yankee fan says “Joba might not want to lend Clay his laptop…”
    Oh, wait…

    SF December 17, 2007, 1:56 pm
  • > As long as he isn’t playing Guitar Hero
    Or DDR.

    attackgerbil December 17, 2007, 1:57 pm
  • Nothing, not even the threat of career-ending or career-debilitating injury, should stop anyone from playing Guitar Hero.
    I kid…but seriously, that game is so fun.

    Devine December 17, 2007, 2:02 pm
  • “As long as he isn’t playing Guitar Hero”
    With the same time and effort it takes to get good at Guitar Hero, you could actually learn to play the guitar. What am I missing here?
    …and an amusing side note – I’ve been playing the drums for 42 years- 27 seven of those professionally. I tried the drum version of Guitar Hero, and was really sad at it!

    The Sheriff (Andrews) December 17, 2007, 2:05 pm
  • > Nothing, not even the threat of career-ending or career-debilitating injury, should stop anyone from playing Guitar Hero.
    I dumped my bike when riding a couple months ago and sprained my left index finger pretty badly. Then Guitar Hero III came out. Every time I play it, my finger kills me for at least a day. I try to go on forced hiatus from the game to let the finger heal, but I’m hooked. I guess I need some HGH for my GH addiction – I just want to heal and contribute. And to finish Cliffs of Dover on hard.

    attackgerbil December 17, 2007, 2:11 pm
  • I love most of the Metallica song (“One”), but the thing gets so ridiculous at the end that I usually fail instantly.
    And Cliffs of Dover is awesome.

    AndrewYF December 17, 2007, 2:13 pm
  • I was referring to Joel Zumaya playing Guitar Hero and injuring himself. This injury occurred prior to the moving (most recent) injury. I believe he missed part of the playoffs or WS due to this.

    John - YF December 17, 2007, 2:21 pm
  • > What am I missing here?
    Sheriff.. It’s just a blast to rock out with friends, and it requires very little effort for non-musical people to get reasonably good enough to have a ton of fun with the game. And co-op mode is a BLAST.
    I have been playing piano for about 33 years, and the hardest thing when I first picked up the game (still the hardest thing for me, really) was hitting the key the game wanted at the time the game wanted, not the note/rhythm that my brain is literally hard-wired to send to my hands based on three-plus decades at the keyboard.

    attackgerbil December 17, 2007, 2:22 pm
  • Sheriff, surely as a musician you can see the difference…real guitars have six strings and more than five frets! Guitar Hero doesn’t require having two fingers on the same fret (on different strings) and requires no vertical (string-to-string) dexterity. And you only strum as though playing all the strings, and not just some of them. I have tried a little bit to play guitar, and I think I can safely say learning to play GH is easier.
    Yeah, John, I’m with you there. I’m a bit flummoxed as to HOW Zumaya injured himself with Guitar Hero so badly. Was he trying to “rock out” or did he, like, sprain a pinky with a long stretch?
    I’m stumped by the seventh group in GH III on Hard, gerb. I got closest to finishing that “Knights of Cydonia” song, but the ending bit cramped my left hand but good. I haven’t given it a go since my last dismal failure a couple weeks ago…maybe I’ll try again soon.
    Andrew…”One” is one of the two songs that has my lady stumped on Hard (she is better at the game than me).
    Also, a semblance of on-topic-ness: glad that Joba seems like a cool dude.

    Devine December 17, 2007, 2:34 pm
  • Yeah, gerb, that was my problem too. It seemed that the game wanted you to strike the figures before the sound happened – I was utterly unable to do it. :0

    The Sheriff (Andrews) December 17, 2007, 2:37 pm
  • “Every time I play it, my finger kills me for at least a day”
    ” but the ending bit cramped my left hand but good.”
    Ha! This sh*t sounds dangerous!!!

    The Sheriff (Andrews) December 17, 2007, 2:40 pm
  • it was cute when he congratulated his fellow rookie pitcher. kid just has to learn to handle himself in that rough, treacherous environment known as Cleveland and he should be fine.
    I don’t know what’s scarier to be honest – those gnats from that game, or the Hank ‘n Hal show? Discusss…

    Lyndsay December 17, 2007, 2:58 pm
  • Exactly how is the Hank and Hal show scary?
    When are comments like this gonna end?

    sam-YF December 17, 2007, 3:03 pm
  • I think we can all agree that “The Metal” by Tenacious D is the best song in Guitar Hero III.

    Atheose December 17, 2007, 3:19 pm
  • > “The Metal” by Tenacious D is the best song
    Love it. Awesome. Other faves, no particular order: Holiday in Camboida, My Name Is Jonas, 3’s and 7’s, Cherub Rock, Ruby

    attackgerbil December 17, 2007, 3:32 pm
  • My Name Is Jonas has always been a favorite of mine (Guitar Hero or not); I like Holiday in Cambodia but had never heard of it before GH3. Knights of Cedonia is another favorite–I’ve been a big Muse fan in the last few years.
    I have the game for XBox 360, and the downloadable content is great. I downloaded “The Pretender” by Foo Fighters, which is a very special song to me because I played it on the way home from work before every Josh Beckett start during the playoffs to get myself pumped up.
    What if I say I’m not like the others
    What if I say I’m not just another
    One of your plays
    You’re the pretender
    What if I say I will never surrender?

    Since October the song gets me pretty emotional.

    Atheose December 17, 2007, 3:41 pm
  • “Every time I play it, my finger kills me for at least a day”
    ” but the ending bit cramped my left hand but good.”

    Hideki Matsui plays Guitar Hero?
    Man, look at all you people, rocking out to the “hard” level. I’m happy I’m finally getting decent at “easy,” but then I only get to play when I go to a friend’s house…
    And the drums version is ridiculous. I’m MUCH better on the steering wheel in my car…

    Paul SF December 17, 2007, 4:01 pm
  • Love where this thread is going….
    GH III is an absurdly fun game, it really makes me feel like I’m kind of sort of in a little tiny way actually playing the songs. I know that I’m not even close, but it still gives me an amazing sense of satisfaction.
    This is addictive to me for one main reason, my entire life I have not been able to play any musical instrument, tried a ton of them growing up, tried to pick up guitar in college, I just never had even the slightest ability.

    LocklandSF December 17, 2007, 4:05 pm
  • I taught myself piano when I was 12 years old, and played on and off until I went to college. Always wanted to pick up guitar, but never have gotten around to it.
    I just watched the Knights of Cydonia music video (http://youtube.com/watch?v=jV1bRfLHA3A), and it’s the craziest, most random video I’ve seen since Weapons of Choice! (featuring Christopher Walken)

    Atheose December 17, 2007, 4:13 pm
  • listening to DK and Black Flag .. the mulitiple threats by some priest fans how my f****ty punk-a** needed to be kicked .. ah .. my favorite memories of hs in the mid eighties

    attackgerbil December 17, 2007, 4:16 pm
  • “Exactly how is the Hank and Hal show scary?
    When are comments like this gonna end?
    Posted by: sam-YF”
    George? you still hangin on there buddy?

    Lyndsay December 17, 2007, 5:06 pm
  • That was awesome Lyndsay, you really got me. Im George Steinbrenner.
    Thanks for answering my question though.

    sam-YF December 17, 2007, 5:09 pm
  • Since we are way off topic…how about my Dolphins winning a game!!!!

    krueg December 17, 2007, 5:39 pm
  • Lyndsay, please stop.

    Paul SF December 17, 2007, 5:43 pm
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hE9qVni6rto
    this is great – David Cross vs. J. Mascis at Guitar Hero 2.

    SF December 17, 2007, 6:19 pm
  • Knights of Cydonia is very fun – and very hard. My friend who is an expert at Guitar Hero, and has played them all into the ground since the first one, can’t beat that or Metallica on Expert. And I haven’t even gotten to see the Dragonforce song yet. Yikes.

    AndrewYF December 18, 2007, 8:41 am
  • Posted by: sam-YF: “That was awesome Lyndsay, you really got me. Im George Steinbrenner. Thanks for answering my question though.”
    Not really sure why you’re so sensitive about it? it was a jOKE!

    Lyndsay December 20, 2007, 12:13 pm
  • Posted by: Paul SF:
    “Lyndsay, please stop.”
    wondering what I did wrong?

    Lyndsay December 20, 2007, 12:14 pm

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