(Joba just minutes before his death. Courtesy of Getty Images)
I regret to inform everyone that Joba Chamberlain, 27-year-old relief pitcher for the New York Yankees has died. After a long battle with rehab from Tommy John Surgery and surgery to repair a severely dislocated ankle, Mr. Chamberlain passed away yesterday afternoon in his first attempt to make a comeback as a relief pitcher.
At least that's what Ian O'Conner wants you to think. In its latest round of blatant trolling for comments and shameless bullshit writing strictly for pageviews, ESPN NY's O'Conner penned this disasterpiece today burying Joba, his future, his past, and pretty much his entire professional baseball existence after Joba's first outing on a Yankee mound yesterday didn't go so smoothly. I expect this kind of garbage from the Wallaces Matthews and Andrews Marchand of the world, but I've never read anything this asinine from O'Conner. Maybe I just didn't notice before, or maybe I was just lucky enough to not be exposed to anything else he's written that's this bad as part of my conscious effort to avoid all things ESPN-related when it comes to covering the Yankees, but this was impossible to miss.
As usual, I invite anybody who hasn't already read the story, and is a big fan of literary self-torture, to check it out in its entirety. If you have enough intelligence to know that's a horrible idea, you can check out the lowlights and my comments after the jump.