Joba ChamberlainIt's hard to say who I'd rather not be right now: Joba Chamberlain or his 5-year-old son, Karter. As a Yankees relief pitcher, you'd think that any major injury Joba would sustain would take place while playing baseball.
Nope ... try jumping on a trampoline with his son at a kids' recreation center!
The injury is so severe that it might be the end of Chamberlain's career. He suffered a nasty open dislocation of his right ankle and lost a ton of blood. An open dislocation (hope you haven't had lunch yet) means that the bone pierced the skin. He won't be able to put weight on the ankle for two to three months.
Did I say this before? All because the guy was jumping on a trampoline with his son!
I don't even want to imagine what Chamberlain was doing on the trampoline to cause an injury this horrific, nor picture his son's face during the aftermath. Hopefully Karter didn't have to witness his father's bone sticking out of his ankle or the copious amount of blood gushing from his wound. It'd be something he'd never forget.
I also don't want to think about the fact that this could happen to any of us.
It probably helped a ton that Chamberlain didn't panic after the injury took place. During the 911 call, the as-yet-to-be-identified caller said, "He’s awake and he’s perfectly calm." Of course, since Joba knew his son was there (and also knows a thing or two about pressure considering his profession), it doesn't surprise me that he kept his cool throughout the whole ordeal. Internally, though, he probably was freaking out -- not only about his career, but about the fact that his bone was literally sticking out of his ankle!
It's a shame that, if Chamberlain's career does come to an end, it was because he was trying to be a good dad by having fun with his young son. He's expected to speak to reporters today regarding the injury, and we can only hope for his speedy recovery.
Here's the audio of the 911 call:
Don't you feel terribly for Joba Chamberlain and his son?
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