Joba is NEXT ... with an exclamation point
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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ESPN The Magazine NEXT
With an overpowering fastball and almost unhittable slider, it's easy to see why Joba Chamberlain was chosen by ESPN The Magazine to be NEXT. But Joba isn't the only athlete worthy of NEXT consideration.