NEW YORK -- Joba Chamberlain professed his love for The Big Apple after a police video of his October DUI arrest surfaced showing the Yankees' hard-throwing 23-year-old criticizing New York City motorists and even poking fun of Hall of Famer Yogi Berra.
"I'm not the player or the individual I am without the New York fans, period," Chamberlain was quoted as saying in Thursday's editions of the Daily News and the New York Post. "I mean no disrespect to anybody in New York. Everyone has driven in New York and gotten mad at one another, so that happens. I love this place, it's my second home and it's embraced me and my family. I couldn't ask for anything better."
The News, the Post and Newsday each reported Wednesday that the video, uncovered by thesmokinggun.com, reveals the pitcher has a sore spot for driving in New York.
"The biggest thing that I've noticed driving here and there is if you let somebody in they open the window and say 'Thank you," he said of driving in Nebraska.
"In New York, they might hit you. Yeah, it's a joke."
Chamberlain also jokes about Berra's diminutive stature in the video.
"He might not be as tall as the front of your car," Chamberlain said of Berra to the Nebraska state trooper who arrested him.
Chamberlain said he called Berra on Wednesday to make sure there were no hard feelings, according to both the News and the Post.
"I wanted to tell him man-to-man that there was no malicious intent," Chamberlain said. "Yogi's great. He knows I love him and he loves me, too."
Berra's wife, Carmen, told the Post her husband's height is a frequent source of laughs in and around the Yankees' clubhouse.
"Yogi's not upset by it," she said. "They kid him all the time about getting smaller. It's nothing."
Chamberlain pleaded guilty last week to drunken driving and was given nine months probation and a $400 fine. He also lost his driver's license for 60 days and has to complete an alcohol education class. After the plea deal, prosecutors dropped the second charge of driving with an open alcohol container.
He was pulled over Oct. 18 on the outskirts of Lincoln, Neb. Authorities say his blood-alcohol level was 0.134 percent. The legal limit in Nebraska is 0.08 percent.
"We all make mistakes," Chamberlain said. "There's not one person that can say they haven't made a mistake."