The first Joba Chamberlain T-shirt was spotted at Yankee Stadium a week ago. It was homemade with “Joba” and “62” done in masking tape.
“I couldn’t wait,” said Marcus from Walton Avenue. “I really wanted a shirt and nobody was selling them.”
New York City is now full of Joba T-shirts. They are blue with “Chamberlain” silk screened in white over a big “62.”
“I bought one,” said Marcus, “but I like mine better. Those fancy ones should say ‘Joba,’ too.”
That’s what the crowd chants.
“Boy, he’s something,” said Marcus. “The place really gets going when he comes into a game. And when he gets a strike out, well, you’ve really got to be there. It‘s nuts.”
Chamberlain will get his chances against Seattle and Marcus will be there wearing the first Joba T-shirt.
“I’m going to stick with my masking-tape job,” he said. “It’s worked so far.”