I wasn't impressed with Joba Chamberlain's emotional outburst after striking out Dave Dellucci last week. I realize that being demonstrative is just the way it is today, whether it is Chamberlain celebrating after a strike out or Manny Ramirez admiring a home run for fifteen minutes at the plate. My problem with Chamerlain letting loose after he retired Dellucci was that it seemed to be all about Joba getting revenge for the home run Dellucci hit off him a few nights earlier. In other words, it was selfish, and had nothing to do with the game situation. To me, Chamberlain would have been more of a bad ass if he had just stalked off the mound after making Dellucci look helpless. I think his antics undermined a beautiful sequence of pitches. It isn't a that big a deal, certainly not worth all the attention it has gotten on WFAN, but that is my take.
According to Bob Klapisch, former Yankees Goose Gossage and Roy White weren't impressed either:
Goose always has hated showboaters, past and especially present day, so when Dellucci told reporters he thought Chamberlain's response was immature and "bush," Gossage didn't hesitate to say, "I'm on Dellucci's side.
"That's just not the Yankee way, what Joba did. Let everyone else do that stuff, but not a Yankee," Gossage said by telephone on Saturday. "What I don't understand is, the kid's got the greatest mentor in the world in Mariano [Rivera]. He's one of the leaders of the team, so you'd think it wouldn't happen on that team.
"But there's no one to pass the torch anymore, no one to teach the young kids how to act. The Mets did a lot of that [celebrating] last year, and look how it came back to haunt them."
...White, in particular, took issue with Melky Cabrera, who often does a full-spin, twirl high-five after a home run or Yankee victory.
"I saw that 360-thing he did with [Robinson] Cano at the end of one of the games and I was shocked. I was like, 'Are you kidding me?' " White said by telephone. "I'm sorry, that's just too much. I'm guess I'm old school, but there's a professional way to play baseball, there's a Yankee tradition, back to [Joe] DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle.
"You hit a home run, act like you've hit one before, not like it's the first time in your life."
On the other hand, Ed Valentine thinks all the talk about Yankee class is nonsense.