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    Yankees Spring Training- Giambi impresses Girardi

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    Giambi impresses Girardi

    February 26

    The Yankees avoided the rain in the area and got their workout in. It was a standard spring training day: they worked on two fields on relays and cutoffs, did some individual defensive drills and finished off with batting practice.

    Watched Jason Giambi hit and he was going the other way or up the middle with everything. Joe Girardi said he has been impressed with how good Giambi has looked this spring. As he said, if Giambi proves he can play first base it gives the Yankees a lot more flexibility in terms of their roster and their lineup.

    But with the Big G, it’s always about whether he can stay healthy and none of us can predict that with any degree of certainty. But he sure looked good on Feb. 26.
    The Big G gets his work in

    February 26

    Joe Girardi, it would seem, is the greatest motivator since George S. Patton. What else could explain Jason Giambi?

    The clubhouse opened at 9:10 a.m. this morning. A few minutes after the writers were allowed in, in came Giambi - in full uniform and carrying his glove. The Big G showed up early and was on the field doing some work at first base.

    Further, Giambi had cut his hair short.

    “I’m such a loser,” he said. “I was in bed early last night, too.”

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    "Watched Jason Giambi hit and he was going the other way or up the middle with everything. Joe Girardi said he has been impressed with how good Giambi has looked this spring. As he said, if Giambi proves he can play first base it gives the Yankees a lot more flexibility in terms of their roster and their lineup."

    I smell contract year...

    And i'm sorry, but that POS couldn't learn how to hit up the middle or to the left before this year?

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    It's amazing how much harder some guys work when they're in the walk year of their contract

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jets Voice of Reason View Post

    And i'm sorry, but that POS couldn't learn how to hit up the middle or to the left before this year?
    When healthy (with the A's), Giambi hit the ball all over the field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guido Monzino View Post
    When healthy (with the A's), Giambi hit the ball all over the field.
    QFT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guido Monzino View Post
    When healthy (with the A's), Giambi hit the ball all over the field.
    I meant with the Yankees where he became dead pull.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jets Voice of Reason View Post
    I meant with the Yankees where he became dead pull.
    To be fair, he tried to go the other way a lot back in 2005 and it just didn't work. Then he went back to pulling everything and got hot. You got to do what is comfortable, and if he's hitting .250 with a near .400 OBP and a near .500 SLG, I don't really care if he's pulling everything or going the other way.

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    I can't believe how many of these players are coming back in much better shape. I think in Giambi's case it's about him being in his contract year, but it's still good to hear.

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    No way a healthy Giambi sits for the pedestrians alternatives at 1B the Yanks are looking at. Matsui's health if not 100% yet may give the Duncan's, Ensberg's and Betemit's playing time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chad101 View Post
    No way a healthy Giambi sits for the pedestrians alternatives at 1B the Yanks are looking at. Matsui's health if not 100% yet may give the Duncan's, Ensberg's and Betemit's playing time.

    I expect the lineup to look like this on Opening Day

    1. Johnny Damon LF
    2. Derek Jeter SS
    3. Bobby Abreu RF
    4. Alex Rodriguez 3B
    5. Hideki Matsui DH
    6. Jorge Posada C
    7. Jason Giambi 1B
    8. Robinson Cano 2B
    9. Melky Cabrera CF

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Ryan View Post
    I expect the lineup to look like this on Opening Day

    1. Johnny Damon LF
    2. Derek Jeter SS
    3. Bobby Abreu RF
    4. Alex Rodriguez 3B
    5. Hideki Matsui DH
    6. Jorge Posada C
    7. Jason Giambi 1B
    8. Robinson Cano 2B
    9. Melky Cabrera CF

    Ahh, you've come around on Jason. I agree and that is some line-up.

    Also on giving Jason Lane, Betemit and Ensberg more thought, one of those guys could really help if given 500 AB's out of neccessity. Not sure which one as they've been so inconsistent.

    Also think Abreu has a monster year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chad101 View Post
    Ahh, you've come around on Jason. I agree and that is some line-up.

    Also on giving Jason Lane, Betemit and Ensberg more thought, one of those guys could really help if given 500 AB's out of neccessity. Not sure which one as they've been so inconsistent.

    Also think Abreu has a monster year.
    No, I can't stand him. Unless he actually does change his ways that won't change. Reports from camp are encouraging, but I'll believe it when I see it.

    I just think this what the lineup is going be....
    Last edited by Tyler Durden; 02-26-2008 at 06:32 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Ryan View Post
    No, I can't stand him. Unless he actually does change his ways that won't change. Reports from camp are encouraging, but I'll believe it when I see it.

    I just think this what the lineup is going be....
    OK just last time we discussed you claimed he was strictly DH .

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    Quote Originally Posted by chad101 View Post
    OK just last time we discussed you claimed he was strictly DH .
    Yeah, well I can't see either him or Matsui riding the pine. Both have to get there at bats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chad101 View Post
    Also on giving Jason Lane, Betemit and Ensberg more thought, one of those guys could really help if given 500 AB's out of neccessity. Not sure which one as they've been so inconsistent.

    Also think Abreu has a monster year.
    I doubt Lane makes the team. Ensburg could be the right hander off the bench, along with Duncan. Betemit can play anywhere in the infield so he's a sure bet to make the club.

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    Let the Giambino play first. He is a better hitter as a 1B than as a DH.

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