Bud Fox to Gordon Gekko in Wall Street: "You once told me, don't get emotional about stock. Don't!"
He also i believe told me to never get emotional over Mike Francesca but i can't help it. This Joba thing is driving me crazy. I think Mike's ego is actually offended that the Yankees disobeyed him and took Joba out of the bullpen where he believes he belongs. This is a major insult to Mike. Now perhaps Mike also knows that this is a hot button issue with callers and he likes to stir the pot, remember Mike is the one that lit the fire about the Joba fist pump issue.
Mike is completely missing the point. Joba to the starting rotation has had little effect on the fate of the Yankees this year. The Yankees have not hit and their starting rotation has not been good.
Now, I know that Mike is never one to let facts get in the way of bombast, but I decided to do a little research. Here's the evidence:
1. ESPN.com Jerry Crasnick in a recent article ranks the Yankee bullpen that does not have Joba Chamberlain in it as the third best in the American League. (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=crasnick_jerry&id=3520869)
2. They rank 2nd in batting average against and are tied for fourth in K/BB ratio
3. This stat is from an article on July 26th in the Newark Star Ledger: At that time the Yankees were a major league best 47-1 when leading after six innings. Another sign of post Joba success(http://www.nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/2008/07/ny_yankees_bullpen_plan_has_pa.html)
Mike, these are the facts of the case and they are undisputed. Joba is a very talented pitcher. He would probably have success either in the bullpen or the starting rotation but what this season has proven, FOR A FACT is that the New York Yankees need STARTING PITCHING. The New York Yankees have been unsuccessful in the playoffs because they have not had good STARTING PITCHING, especially in a short series.
We all have things that we disagree with. I disagree with you not having to work all summer and never being in the studio when a segment starts and not knowing the actual title to the movie the Boelyn Girl. These are things that bother me. But I went to therapy, talked it out and moved on. I suggest you do the same.
Mike, Joba is a starting pitcher, GET OVER IT.
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