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  1. but the bottom line is that Chamberlain made a mistake. You know it. I know it. And he knows it.

    So you’re saying it was a mistake to spend time with his son?

    Your last sentence also sends a mixed message, so I’ll save my rant in case I’m reading this wrong.

    Comment by SFSUGatorAlum — March 26, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

  2. I hope Joba has a successful return. But as somebody who has displaced my right foot ( skin intact), I think the Yankees are doing a great disservice to him by implying he could be back this season. They are following the same mistake the Angels made with Kendrys Morales in only thinking about the bones. There is a tremendous amount of atrophy that happens ( especially to the knee ) that will make being a competitive ballplayer very unlikely this season. The scar tissue on the tendons will never allow a full range of motion in the ankle, and will take 18-24 months to heal as well as it can. Look for him to be back in camp next season, but not going north to start the season. That is if the Yankees tender him a contract.

    Comment by Pat — March 26, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

  3. It’s not like Joba was hunting grizzlies with his bare hands. He chose to play on a “trampoline-like contraption” that’s deemed safe enough for children.

    Comment by jeff_bonds — March 26, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

  4. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with saying he made a mistake. It’s a well intentioned, perfectly reasonable mistake to make, but the guy is still recovering from a significant injury. The biggest impact is his TJ rehab is now put on hold.

    I know it’s difficult when you’re “feeling fine” and pitching from the mound to really understand that you’re not back yet. Totally understandable.

    It’s perfectly reasonable to assume that a trampoline is much safer for a 40 pound child than it is for a 230 pound man! Force = mass times distance. Lots of mass here.

    Bottom line is you can be a great dad and watch your kid on a trampoline without getting up on it yourself. I don’t think he’s an idiot or jerk for doing it, but a little caution in his situation is more than merited.

    Comment by noseeum — March 26, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

  5. “The Joba rules” should have included not jumping on a trampoline,

    Comment by West — March 26, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

  6. Not sure why we need the back story, the hype and conversation around Joba has never been the problem. Staying healthy and getting results has been much tougher than keeping his name in the new, apparently.

    Comment by Sandy Kazmir — March 26, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

  7. Word is that he was jumping with full force on a trampoline alongside his kid. At one point he was coming down full force and might have landed on top of hid kid so he tried to adjust himself in mid air to avoid smashing into a child on the way down. So while he avoided the kid he lost his balance and came down off of the trampoline and went right into the solid floor ankle first.

    Every report was that the blood loss was severe but that the “life threatening” amount was highly exaggerated. Most people who see a lot of blood just assume the worst. No one goes to the playpen gymnasium thinking that someone will recreate the blood tidal wave from The Shining.

    Was Joba careless? Yes. Anyone who has seen those giant trampolines knows that an adult can get some serious air with those things. But still this seems just like a freak accident. Similar to when Aaron Boone broke his ankle or whatever playing pickup basketball. It’s not like these guys went out doing high risk activities like cage fighting or the 100ft half pipe at the X-Games.

    Comment by Joey — March 26, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

  8. I don’t see the “mistake” here. He wasn’t exactly popping wheelies on his motorcycle.

    I don’t know that it’s realistic to tell ballplayers they can’t play active games with their children. Should we also tell ballplayers they can’t pick up their kids’ sandals if one falls off in a pizza parlor?

    Comment by Westside guy — March 26, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

  9. I’m a little surprised they didn’t, but I suppose you can’t think of everything. Actuaries hate trampolines. Your homeowner’s or renter’s insurer might cancel your policy if you buy one and don’t tell them.

    Comment by Greg — March 26, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

  10. Not to mention, he could’ve come down on his repaired arm (or, more likely, used his repaired arm to catch himself on protective netting or whatever) and done damage to a limb that hasn’t finished healing. There’s lots of reasons for an athlete recovering from surgery not to put himself in situations that could lead to setbacks. Of course, athletes are conditioned to think they can accomplish things that might be unwise, difficult, or impossible for ordinary human beings — and they’re often right — so while it’s completely reasonable to judge this as a mistake, it’s also completely understandable why it didn’t look that way to him.

    Comment by joser — March 26, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

  11. No ball player on a MLB contract should ever ben on a trampoline, ever.

    No parent in their right mind should ever let their kid on a trampoline, ever.

    Ask any pediatrician at any ER what they think about trampolines.

    Joba should also stay away from pizza parlors.

    Comment by pft — March 26, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

  12. The Yankees’ handling of Chamberlain has been curious to say the least. I thought that he’d be a full time starter after the 2009 season, but it seems that he was never in the running for the 5th starter spot.

    Comment by raf — March 26, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

  13. It’s not so much saying that he made a mistake jumping on a trampoline as inferring that coming from a broken home and having a rough childhood was a factor in him doing so that baffles me.

    Comment by Madoff Withurmoni — March 26, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

  14. Very true. My brother completely broke a bone in his leg (pierced the skin) playing soccer and while the bone healed within a couple months (with a rod inside for extra support and virtually no using the leg during that span), it took him about a year to get back much of his strength in that leg and even a couple years later it’s still weaker than it used to be, despite him working out heavily 4-5 days a week. (he does triathlons and plays sports all the time so is in phenomenal shape, better than Joba I’d bet ;-))

    Comment by Daven — March 26, 2012 @ 11:41 pm

  15. Joba will bounce back from this. #PunIntended

    Comment by bjoseph316 — March 27, 2012 @ 1:28 am

  16. Freak accident. Their is nothing wrong with playing on a trampoline with your kid. Any other opinion is just absurd. Lifting free weights can cause some crazy injuries yet we never harp on that because of the benefits it allows hitters. You could suffer the same injury squatting large amounts of weight if you lost your balance and stumbled with 400 pounds on your shoulders. Trampolines are also commonly used to build calf strength and strengthen blood flow in your legs, although this is not what Joba was doing. It’s life, shit happens.

    Comment by Shane H — March 27, 2012 @ 10:22 am

  17. Seriously?? This guy is a dumb ass. The JOB he has, playing professional baseball, pays the bills. This risk taking activity seems to markedly raise the posibility of getting hurt. You can play with your kid a million different ways that don’t risk this type of injury.

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — March 27, 2012 @ 10:36 am

  18. And his job actually has a guaranteed salary too. It’s not like he slipped on a 20 at the strip club or fell while “washing his truck” he was playing with his kid, he should be celebrated for wanting to actually raise his child rather than leaving “franchises” all across the country.

    Comment by SFSUGatorAlum — March 27, 2012 @ 10:39 am

  19. Seriously?? By your logic, no employed individual anywhere should ever jump on a trampoline. Ever. That freak dislocation would just as easily keep a construction worker out of their job. Fall a different way and break your wrist and anyone working at a computer all day is going to be out of luck too. In fact, maybe Congress should just pass a law banning all trampoline sales in the US and take care of this pressing issue once and for all.

    Comment by Drew — March 27, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

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