Joba has been declared the new eighth inning set-up man for the Yankees. This settles the last question surrounding the Yankees' bullpen. Joba was relieved to hear that he finally had a concrete role with the team.
"Before I was just a relief pitcher," said Joba in the visiting clubhouse at the Oakland Coliseum, surrounded by reporters. "That's so nebulous. It means nothing. Now I'm a relief pitcher who pitches in the eighth, or when the team otherwise needs me. Finally I have some stability. Some structure."
Joba earned a hard-fought victory for eighth spot. Competitors in the 'pen included Joba Chamberlain and one Chamberlain, Joba.
"We weren't sure who we were going to go with," explained Girardi. "Joba was always right there, but so were Marte and Robertson. That's why we tested all those guys in the eighth inning of close games to see who would come out on top."
Girardi then added, "Just kidding, it was always Joba."