October 5th, 2007: The Infamous Joba Chamberlain “Bug Game” in Cleveland

JoeSportsFanSenior Analyst IOctober 5, 2009

October 5th, 2007

Today, we celebrate the two year anniversary of the infamous “Bug Game” at Progressive Field, featuring the Yankees, the Indians and a crapload of Cleveland vermin.

The event was certainly one of baseball’s stranger moments in the last 10 years, but its weirdness was trumped by the AP’s post game coverage of the bugs gnawing off Joba Chamberlain’s neck and successfully interrupting Game 2 of the ALCS.

Asked to play amateur entomologist after the game, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter shrugged his shoulders.  “I’m not an expert on what kind of bugs they are. They were small,” he said.

Jeter and second baseman Robinson Cano swatted away the bugs with their hats between pitches. Alex Rodriguez used his glove and hat.

Intrinsic insight, all around.  That A-Rod; what a competitor.  Used his glove *and* hat to swat the bugs.  Genius.

Speaking at a public function following the 2007 postseason, Joba Chamberlain had this to say about the infamous event at Jacobs Field:

“No, I haven’t done a bug commercial…no, I won’t do a bug commercial…and yes, I hate Cleveland.”


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