Ryan Ward, a 30-year-old dude from Toms River, N.J., pleaded guilty to scamming businesses for saying he was Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain. Ward’s punishment was $2,518 in fines and he got placed on two years’ probation for doing snagging free drinks at bars and getting food comped because he told people he was the Joba Chamberlain.
Let’s run through the major differences between the man and the myth:
- One: Joba wears a Yankees hat. Ryan Ward wears a receding hairline.
- Two: Joba wears a pinstriped uniform. Ryan Ward wears a powder-blue checkered shirt from the bargain bin.
- Three: Restaurants go to Joba, he doesn’t go to them. Ryan Ward isn’t afraid to hit the drive-thru window multiple times per day.
- Four: Joba receives checks for endorsement deals. Ryan Ward writes checks and gets probation because he gets caught pretending to be other people.
- Five: Joba is the real deal. Ryan Ward is OK with being a phony, and would have probably kept acting like Joba if he didn’t get into trouble.