Joba Chamberlain Impersonator Ryan Ward Arrested by Cops
I don’t know what’s up with people and their fascination with impersonations. Why can’t they just be themselves? Ryan Ward couldn’t help himself from posing as Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain once Joba became famous in the Big Apple. It all started when people kept mistaking Ward for Chamberlain, until Ward decided to not only embrace the mistakes, but also encourage it:
But it wasn’t until June that he started to play along – even wearing a Joba-style flat-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
Cops first ran into Ward at a Belmar bagel shop, Police Chief Jack Hill said.
After ordering a bagel and coffee, Ward reached into his pockets, told the manager he didn’t have the $1.50, and then pointed to a picture of Chamberlain in a newspaper sports section and asked, “Do you know who I am?” Hill said.
“He was selling autographs for free beer and money at a bar here on a night Joba Chamberlain was pitching and the game was on TV,” Hill said.
Ward, a Phillies fan, admittedly made the rounds of Belmar and other Jersey Shore towns for weeks, scoring dozens of free drinks before police arrested him.
Honestly, who’s so dumb as to sign autographs at a bar the same night the guy he’s impersonating is pitching? And who are these dunderheads not to figure it out? And what’s up with guys being so pathetic they have to be an impostor to get some? You think it’ll work if I tell chicks I’m Brad Pitt?
UPDATE: Ward says he nailed 100 chicks while impersonating Joba, the two will meet at Yankee Stadium on Friday.