Sox Fans Drove Joba to Drive Drunk: Report

Pitcher's DUI arrest came after taunts about Yankees' season
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2008 12:58 PM CDT
New York Yankees starting pitcher Joba Chamberlain, left, grimaces as he wipes his face while Jason Giambi, right, stands by his side, Aug. 4, 2008. Chamberlain left the game injured.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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(Newser) – Joba Chamberlain nearly got into a fistfight with a Red Sox fan before his alleged DUI, the New York Post reports. Chamberlain began the ill-fated night by pounding a couple Grey Goose drinks at a friend’s bar, before hitting a strip club. There he encountered a heckler. “Too bad you didn’t play for the Red Sox,” said another customer. “Otherwise, you wouldn't be sitting here in a strip club in Nebraska.”

An angry Chamberlain jumped to his feet, but several friends stepped in before the incident went beyond pushing and shoving. Chamberlain left in a huff, and was apprehended moments later; according to authorities, Chamberlain’s BAC was at nearly twice the legal limit. It was a sad end to the night. “He tipped pretty well,” said one customer at the strip club. “The girls were excited he was here.”