In the 8th inning of yesterday's 6-3 loss in the Bronx, the dominant reliever got the Indians 1-2-3, capping it off with a strikeout of David Dellucci. As DD K'd, Joba decided to scream and pump his fists like this was game seven of the World Series. When it happened, the first thing I said was "what a friggin loser." Correct me if i'm wrong, but yesterday was MAY F'ING 8TH!!!! Correct me if i'm wrong, but didn't Dellucci just tag this loser for a three-run, game changing pizza two nights earlier, blowing his team's one run lead? Did you see DD running around the bases like a jack-ass.
You know why? Because he is a pro and he's been there before. ACT AS IF Joba! This will all come back to him. Don't miss Dellucci's comments in today's New York Times:
“If he wants to yell and scream after a strikeout and dance around the mound, that’s what gets him going,” he said. “My home run was in a much bigger situation, a much more key part of the game, but I didn’t dance around and scream.”
“If a hitter did something like that, everybody would say it was bush and that you shouldn’t do that,” he said. “It’s kind of funny how a pitcher can get away with it.”
Good for Dellucci for calling him out. This kid a bright future in front of him, but he is doing himself no favors with this clown act on the mound. Same thing happened last year with "The Savior" Joel Zumaya of the Tigers. He pulled this same crap on the Indians one game, then choked out three times in a row afterwards. What goes around comes around.
I know this site is named "Dump Casey Blake," but today, I give him credit. The last two games, he has come out with big RBI's, moving his total to a team-leading 22. Yes, he is still hitting .210, but he is hitting .500 (8-16) with runners in scoring position with 21 RBI. Doesn't mean we here at DCB have changed our minds; we still want him gone.