Joba is NEXT ... with an exclamation point

Originally Published: December 5, 2007
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

Editor's Note: This story appears in the Dec. 17 edition of ESPN The Magazine.

IT'S 9:31 A.M. in the off-season, a time when most ballplayers are still deep in REM sleep, but I'm curious to see if Joba Chamberlain lives up to his rep as the King of Text Messaging. So I fire off a quick one to the Yankees' prize righthander.

Four minutes later, the light on my cell phone flickers. It's Joba, awake and typing, an indefatigable force of thumbs.

I text A LOT. ...

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