• Thank Jason When Johnson Helps Jays Beat The Yanks

    Posted by on March 17th, 2006 · Comments (2)

    From the Toronto Star – –

    Reed Johnson figures he’d be a lot worse off for his three-week injury absence if not for the charity of New York Yankees slugger Jason Giambi this past off-season. Johnson lives and trains in Las Vegas with long-time friend and former roommate Aaron Rowand of the Philadelphia Phillies and spent the winter taking the equivalent of live at-bats there because of some purchases by Giambi.

    “Jason Giambi bought some cages out in Las Vegas this year and one of those pro-batter, (pitching) simulator machines,” said Johnson, who saw his first game action on Wednesday after being out all spring with a sore elbow. “It was me and Travis Lee and Aaron Rowand and a couple of other guys out there and we were able to use the facility whenever we really wanted. Getting to hit off that was almost like quality at-bats.

    “So, basically, I had some live at-bats and then three weeks off and then I’m getting some live at-bats again,” he added. “So, rhythm-wise, I’m going to be off a little bit but I felt pretty good (on Wednesday).”

    Somehow, I don’t think DiMaggio ever let Ted Williams use his BP pitchers……….

    Comments on Thank Jason When Johnson Helps Jays Beat The Yanks

    1. Shaun P.
      March 17th, 2006 | 10:32 am

      Doesn’t Reed Johnson typically destroy the Red Sox? If so, this could be a big help!

    2. Raf
      March 17th, 2006 | 11:59 am

      In this day and age it is not uncommon for players to share tips and training techniques. It’s not uncommon for them to work out together.

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