When Detroit Tigers reliever Joba Chamberlain plunked his former teammate, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, he couldn't apologize enough on the field. After the game, Chamberlain apologized even more.
Joba had expressed all week his excitement to have a chance to face Jeter, who the former Yankee has tremendous respect for. Things didn't go quite as planned in the 10th inning of Tuesday night's, however, as Chamberlain rocked Jeter with a 94 MPH fastball.
In case you missed the hit by pitch heard 'round the world, here's a look at it courtesy of MLB.com:
The remorse on Chamberlain's part is clear. He didn't intend to hit Jeter, but instead was looking to run one in on The Captain in order to try and get him out in such a big spot.
He was already getting booed by the fans in the Bronx and this certainly didn't help.
— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) August 6, 2014
After the game, Chamberlain felt horrible and said so to the media, while explaining what his approach was in facing Jeter, according to Danny Knobler of ESPNNewYork.com:
"That was the worst I've ever felt in my life," Chamberlain said later. "That was the most miserable I felt in my life. I couldn't apologize enough."
"You have to crowd him," Chamberlain said. "I had him right where I wanted him."
There appears to be no bad intent on Chamberlain's part and he did and said all the right things following his epic mistake. Chamberlain has never been a stranger to controversy and is normally a magnet for it.
Aside from hitting Jeter, Chamberlain was quite effective in his first relief appearance at Yankee Stadium since leaving the Bronx Bombers. He threw 1.1 innings of scoreless ball without allowing a hit and he struck out two.
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