Jason Giambi, on this season, via the Daily News:
“Sometimes you just go on these streaks where you get hurt and it seems like one thing after another,” Giambi says. “This winter, I really trained hard and I was really excited because Joe had called me and said that.
“I’m in great shape and the numbers have always been there when I’ve been healthy.”
Giambi knows that his health will always be a question mark. He has admitted using performance-enhancing drugs before the 2004 season and he has broken down in the past because of the wear and tear of playing first base. He has been only a part-time first baseman for the last three years, playing 164 games there while being the Yanks’ designated hitter in 182 games.
“You know what? In this game, as you get older, you’re always proving yourself,” Giambi says. “You want to show that Father Time isn’t catching up to you. I’ve had a lot of great years and I’ve had a few where I’ve been injured, but if I stay healthy and I’m out there every day, the numbers will be there.”
I’ve been debating on whether or not to share something on Giambi for the last three days. I wasn’t sure if it was ‘suitable’ (for lack of a better term). But, here goes nothing…
I saw some video footage (on YES) of an interview with Jason Giambi over the past weekend. The camera was focused just on his face. And, he looked terrible. His face was bloated and blotchy. He looked like Gwildor – badly in need of a tan. I hope this is not insensitive to say, but, he looked like he just had been fished out of the water after lying face down in the river for a week. I’m not in the medical field, but, if asked, I would say his face looked like the face of a guy who’s about to have a heart attack at any minute. He just looked very unhealthy to me.
Now, who knows? Maybe he had a touch of the flu? Or, maybe he was coming off a big night of partying or something?
But, for sure, Giambi didn’t look like a guy who had been working out, under the sun, in Florida for the past month. Giambi’s face looked like he was the love child of Rodney Dangerfield and Carnie Wilson. It did not resonate with a sense of being in “great shape” or being “healthy.”
Has anyone else seen Jason Giambi’s face lately? Am I the only one seeing this area of concern now?