Via Tyler Kepner -
“He’s not as good at D.H.,” Long said. “His numbers just aren’t there. I think it’s very important to us as a club and him as an individual if he’s out in the field.”
Giambi said he did not lose much weight over the winter, but distributed it better throughout his body. Long said that has strengthened Giambi’s core muscles, which could speed up a bat that has one more chance to help the Yankees win it all.
“I know it’s not the games yet, but it all starts with how he’s going about his business and the mechanics of his swing,” Long said. “I’m telling you right now, I’ve seen Jason for three years and this is the best I’ve ever seen his swing. That’s exciting.”
At best, I see Giambi hitting 23 homers this season with 70 RBI – at the best. And, it will probably be lower than that. If he does better than my prediction, I’ll post a picture (in this blog) of myself, this October, holding up a sign that reads “I refused to get excited about what Kevin Long said about Jason Giambi back in February and now I hang my head in shame.”
File this one under: “At the least, I don’t steal forks from restaurants.”