In the YES post-game coverage last night, David Justice said that Jason Giambi is not able to catch up with fastballs. This is not new. It’s been a year since Giambi was an effective hitter. Since June 1st of last year, he’s been a bust. Therefore, Giambi’s lack of performance during the first 6 weeks of this season should be not a total shock.
Right now, Giambi is a scarecrow in the batter’s box and he’s running the bases like Mr. Stay Puff Marshmallow Man. And, to complete the total package, a blindfolded Venus de Milo would be a better first baseman at this point than Jason.
The Yankees should designate June 15th as “Deadwood Decision Day” (D3, for short) for Jason Giambi. If, after another 5 weeks from today, Giambi is still playing like he was been to date this season, then make a call on him and roll with it.
Call Billy Beane and see if he would take him – assuming the Yankees pay most of his salary – in exchange for a bag of batting practice balls and an autographed copy of Moneyball. Or, find out if Howie Spira has any dirt on Giambi. Or, hire a Jeff Gillooly type and see if Giambi can be put on the DL for the rest of the year. Or, just cut the bum and eat the salary. Whatever – but, do something.
To take no action on Giambi by mid-June, if he continues to under-perform, is a disservice to the team and an insult to Yankees fans.
I’m sure Jason is a really nice guy. But, this is about winning, not making friends. And, Giambi is hurting the Yankees now in numerous more ways than he is helping them.