Joba Chamberlain always ends up sitting next to Mariano Rivera in the bullpen.
“It just works out that way,” Chamberlain once said. “I asked him questions the first night and I haven’t stopped, yet. It’s the chance to learn from one of the greatest pitchers ever and I’m going to use it.”
Rivera’s most important lesson is the line he uses after a loss:
“That’s baseball,” he always says with a shrug.
It’s simple, but it’s really all you need to know.
Sometimes Sandy Alomar hits a clutch homer and sometimes Bill Mueller singles up the middle to tie a big game and sometime Luis Gonzalez bloops in a hit and breaks your heart.
Sometimes Scott Brosius snares a grounder and sometimes Chad Curtis catches a pop up and sometimes Mike Piazza’s deep drive lands harmlessly in Bernie Williams’s glove.
That’s baseball, too.
Joe Crede’s ninth-inning single tagged Chamberlain with his first Major League loss last night.
“It’s not the last time it’s going to happen,” Chamberlain said. “The disappointing part is letting my teammates down and not giving them a chance to win.”
But that’s also baseball.
“I’ll get back on the mound tomorrow,” Chamberlain promised. “Then I’ll pull my hat down and go back to work.”
Yeah, that’s baseball.