Two months ago, some thought that Jason Giambi and Johnny Damon would be big parts of this Yankees season. It really hasn’t worked out that way, has it?
Sure, I give them both credit for not taking the Carl Pavano route and playing their injuries into a paid summer vacation. And, Damon, when he plays, has been a productive batter this month (to date). Also, to his credit, Giambi had a great month of April before tanking this month.
However, at least to this Yankees fan, it feels like these two players have let the team down. Maybe it’s just because Damon was a no-show in April and Giambi’s been a no-show this month? Maybe it’s just because you never know, on a given day, if their bodies are going to allow them to play – and perform – as we expect from them?
Bobby Abreu and Robinson Cano get their fair share of blame for letting down the team with their performance this season. And, they deserve it. Still, I think that Damon and Giambi also deserve part of the blame as well.
If both Damon and Giambi are hitting the way you expect, at the same time, and then you mix in Jeter, A-Rod, Posada, and Matsui, it really doesn’t matter what Abreu, Cano, and the others are doing.
Yes, of course, some may think this is unfair because these two are hurt and trying to play through it. But, at the end of the day, when you’re expected to produce, and lead, and you don’t, you’ve hurt the team. And, if you’ve hurt the team, you deserved to be singled out for it.