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Giambi says he’s OK, Girardi feeling better, but the offense is still sick

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 05, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Jason Giambi felt some tightness in his left groin when he rounded second base after Robinson Cano’s single in the fifth inning.

He is day-to-day but hopes to play tomorrow. “I’m going to come in tomorrow prepared to play,” he said. “I don’t feel anything just walking around.”

Given the cautious nature of the Yankees, it’ll be surprising is Giambi is in the lineup.

Ran into Joe Girardi in the hallway after the game. He said he had a 103 fever but thinks it has broke. He hopes to be on the bench tomorrow. He did not look good.

Bench coach Rob Thomson and all of the players said the same thing about the offense: it’s early and they’ve faced good pitchers. True enough, but the Yankees are hitting .231 and have scored 15 runs in five games.





66 Responses to “Giambi says he’s OK, Girardi feeling better, but the offense is still sick”

  1. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 5th, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    He better be going on and going to bed! We need him back on the bench. A 103 fever for an adult or anyone for that matter isn’t good. He should have been home the last two days.

  2. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 5th, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Ok, it’s early and they have faced good pitchers…so what !…they still are much better than this and need to start playing like it. This road trip “month” coming up is going to be no walk in the park. Girardi needs to get better and start “crackin’ some skulls !” !!!

  3. RJPinstripes April 5th, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    …and we are going to face “good pitching” throughout the year! Come on offense…”SEE THE BALL, HIT THE BALL’ !

  4. Back Bench April 5th, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Yes it’s early, but I think we really do need a new Guiseppe Franco commercial.

  5. Westerner99 April 5th, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    It has only been five games…relax…they’ll come around.

  6. melkyy28 April 5th, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    I was at the game this afternoon…they tried to start the wave, and then they got to Section 39 *bleacher creatures* and that all stopped…it’s really unpleasant.

  7. Laura April 5th, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Once again, they start off slow. This is how they always dig themselves a hole that they are trying to dig out of come August and September. And since when is Edwin Jackson a good pitcher? Ever time I see him go against other teams, he gets rocked. Apparently, he only pitches well when he sees the Yankees.

  8. Mike Mineo April 5th, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    yeah, classifying Edwin Jackson as a “good pitcher” is a horrible excuse. the Yankees just played bad baseball today on all levels

  9. Kj April 5th, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    Its the same speech every year. I love reading about how every player says he is in the best shape of their career and they cant wait to get off to a fast start and blah blah blah. Bottom line is the Yankees start off really slow every year. I dont want to hear we are facing good pitching. Because yea they did vs the Jays but the last 2 games give me a break. They just arent hitting right now witch is fine but spare me the song and dance.

  10. Westerner99 April 5th, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    The wave is an unpleasant ballpark experience that takes away from the action on the field.

  11. melkyy28 April 5th, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    and yes, today hell was given to Jonny Gomes and he DID NOT like it. He was very uncomfortable…

  12. Kj April 5th, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    P.S – I know its just been 5 games but Damon still sucks!

  13. mel-173* April 5th, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Back Bench,

    That commercial has nothing on the Just for Men commercial I just saw now. Two young daughters tell their grey dad it’s time and please do it for them. So he dyes his hair, goes on a date, and the couple sends a cell phone picture to the girls. Then the girls fist pump and shout, “YES!”. I think some here would say it was overboard, just like Joba’s celebration. haha.

  14. rackem April 5th, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Good pitching huh – Has anyone ever heard of the Rays starter today?

  15. raymagnetic April 5th, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    “This road trip “month” coming up is going to be no walk in the park. Girardi needs to get better and start “crackin’ some skulls !” !!!”

    Yes, Girardi has to start whipping them boys back in shape. That’ll do it.

  16. bronxbomber77 April 5th, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Edwin Jackson was a top prospect for the Dodgers a few years ago. Then he fell off the radar.

    Anyone see that fool in the last thread trashing Yankees Chick?

    And I’ve had about enough of anti-Mussina… Yeah… Barroid Bonds is the answer. Maybe we can get Rafael Palmeroid to play first and The Rocketman to ‘shore up’ the rotation.

    You show your ignorance with statements advocating for Barry Bonds…

  17. x23 April 5th, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    well, Edwin Jackson was considered a top prospect for the Dodgers at one point. Maybe hes finally starting to show that.

  18. anti-mussina April 5th, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    you’re a moron bronxbomber because the rocketman did just that last year.

  19. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 5th, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    The Mets/Braves game just became a little nutty

  20. anti-mussina April 5th, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    all the setbacks that’s going to happen this year is bad karma coming from andy pettitte backstabbing his bestfriend to save his behind. get used to it.

  21. mel-173* April 5th, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Hey, Willis was doing good today. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 strikeouts, 7 walks. But his luck ran out. Gave up an rbi double and Miner allowed 2 inherited runners to score.

  22. raymagnetic April 5th, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    In 5 innings Dontrelle Willis walked 7 and struck out 0. *aack*

  23. Blargh April 5th, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Well, can’t say it was a good day for 3/5 of my fantasy pitching staff :/ (Pettitte, Oswalt, and Maine)

    Hmm, the Cards are 4-1, did not expect that. Though, it is early.

  24. Back Bench April 5th, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Honestly folks, what have these first 5 games told you about the 08 season that you didn’t already know?

    That having Matsui and/or Damon in the OF is risky.

    Or that calling on Farnsworth is a bigger risk…

    Or that the Yankees probably need a better lead off batter than we have now.

    Or that the Rays and Blue Jays are better this year…

    It seems to me that the things we have seen so far are actually reasons for hope –

    1.Bruney, Ohlendorf, Albe and Traber out in the pen (I believe Albe will be back soon).

    2. Hughes can pitch and Mo is not showing his age…

    3. A healthy CMW right out of the gate

    The only concern so far is DJ. Has anyone noticed how many throwing errors he would have already if it were not for that defensive ‘stud’ Giambi at 1B? DJ was hurt at the end of 07. Are there any lingering effects?

    I’m absolutely one of those that just cringed watching Madden smirk up his sleeve these last two days. Girardi probably felt it worst of all and will get things going.

  25. CanIGetAMooseCall April 5th, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Matsui’s defensive skills have eroded to a shocking degree. He was never a great outfielder, but he used to be decent. Now he is a train wreck. What happened?

  26. VRSCE April 5th, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Age happened
    The Yankees are dangerously in a number of positions.

  27. Jeff NJ April 5th, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Just back from the game. Absolutely beautiful day today. Got some pictures of the new stadium and the pregnant wife. Seemed appropriate.

    Oh and by the way Peter, I booed Elliot Johnson during the pre game lineup, although I may have been the only one.

    I really thought we would win with Pettitte pitching, but until the offense wakes up, all the pitcers will feel the need to be perfect. I’d like to see Morgan Ensberg get a start tomorrow. And Melky comes back.

    Runs so far this season 3, 2, 3, 4, 3. That means the pattern says tomorrow the Yankees will score 6. With Wang pitching, that should be a win.

  28. smilineyes April 5th, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Good post Back Bench.

    Like I posted on todays game thread. 5 games mean nothing in the long run. Yankees will get on a roll soon enough.

    I remain confident they’ll give us hours of joy and reward us in the postseason.

  29. Chris N April 5th, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    I noticed Jeter not looking to hot as well when he’s been running up the line. I know he beat out that bunt the other night (even though he didn’t get the call) but he just hasn’t looked himself running balls out. Damon still looks pretty fleet of foot but his lack of patience at the plate is killing them.

  30. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 5th, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Hey guys. Before you start freaking out, Detroit is about six outs away from being 0-5.

    If the standings on April 5th mattered, the playoffs would be in May.

  31. smilineyes April 5th, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    If Jeter’s skills (offensive and defensive) have truly diminished, it will be an amazing fall from grace. But I believe that it is a blip and he’ll get going soon enough

  32. Countdown April 5th, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Jeter .211

    Damon .111


  33. Countdown April 5th, 2008 at 6:19 pm


    stop making so much sense. you’re making the rest of look bad.

  34. Josh April 5th, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    pitching wont get any easier tomorrow with james shields on the mound.. we need to split this series or else thats just plain embarrassing. Im not confident we can do that with mussina on monday either..

  35. mel-173* April 5th, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Miguel Cabrera .143 :)

    While the three losses are not welcome, it’s good to see all the favorites struggling along with us.

    Leland was not a happy camper after being swept by Kansas City. He must be really unhappy now.

    Actually, the East is looking better than the vaunted Central right now.

    BTW that Detroit bullpen is absolute trash right now.

  36. Remember Paul Gibson? April 5th, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    Matt DeSalvo is the answer. He will right our sinking ship.

  37. Jeff April 5th, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    These Rays pitchers aren’t good.

  38. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 5th, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    And Detroit is now 0-5.

    I am amused, but alas, I probably should not be loitering here when I have one week to write 35 pages.

  39. baseball-addiction I guess no one's gonna be 162-0 this season April 5th, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Wow. Can’t believe we’re seeing a sleepy Yankees lineup all over again… Ihoped that wiuld be done with the new manager. Time to get rolling tomorrow. No more waiting. Wang on the hill!

  40. Remember Paul Gibson? April 5th, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    For you nostalgia fans, Charlie Rose has a great YouTube channel. One episode from August 1994 features a really nice 30 minute interview with Buck Showalter.

  41. Jeff NJ April 5th, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Yeah I thought the new manager with his running program would make sure we didn’t have a slow start. Oh well, I think this team is just slow starting. Tampa is improved, but Edwin Jackson is awful, inexcusable losing today.

  42. BBFan April 5th, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Hi folks, before losing sleep over this slow start, think back to 1998. Does any one remember how we started in 1998 and then had a historic season even by Yankee standards.

  43. Jeff NJ April 5th, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Ah 1998, the gold standard in slow 5 game starts at 1-4. Expect to see that in every paper tomorrow,not including the Lupica rip job.

  44. PreteFunkEra April 5th, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Not sure if anyone is aware about a campaign to RickRoll the mets.

    Their site is asking for the fans to vote on an 8th inning sign along.

    The voting ends tomorrow at noon.

    It didn’t take long for this

    Funny stuff. We need this after the last 2 games. Join in!

  45. Countdown April 5th, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Past Aprils

    2007 4-3
    2006 2-4
    2005 3-3
    2004 3-4

    2000 4-3
    1998 3-4
    1997 3-4
    1996 4-3

    some years were better, but in general, that’s how our season starts. In 1998, we finished with a 114-48 record.

  46. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 5th, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Umm guys, check this out

    Our start in 1996

    Look familiar?

  47. Fran April 5th, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    I realize that is is early and no need to panic. However, this is the second time this week that the Yanks have had a runner on third with less than 2 outs and have not been able to score him. It happened on Damon’s triple Tuesday but the Yanks won so nobody really talked about it. Today in the second inning, bases loaded and Damon and Jeter could not get the run in. I know the Yanks will start to hit, but they should at least be able to get a sac fly or find a way to get those runs in.

  48. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and will be fine! Goodness.. April 5th, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    The Yankees will be alright.

  49. Blargh April 5th, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Well, unless Cleveland mounts a nice comeback, they’ll be joining us at 2-3 soon

  50. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 5th, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    # Westerner99 April 5th, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    The wave is an unpleasant ballpark experience that takes away from the action on the field.

    Totally agree!! Are you there to watch the game or stand up like a fool with everyone else? It is especially annoying during a pitchers duel!!

  51. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 5th, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    mel I had to read what you wrote twice! no hits, but 7 walks!! OUCH!!

  52. mel-173* April 5th, 2008 at 7:00 pm


    Failing to score the runner from 3B with less than 2 outs is nothing new for the Yankees. :) I’m hoping that their hitting heats up with the weather.

    Keep your heads up guys. We may be last in the division, but we’re only 1 game back of the Wild Card leader, the Baltimore Orioles. haha.

    Anyone else notice that some of these college kids are better than the pros? It’s going to be a wild draft this year.

  53. TheKiid April 5th, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    people are who freaking out now dont know anything about baseball. we’re fine… in a couple of games the bats will be going and this will all be forgotten. it could always be worse, look at detroit.

  54. jason April 5th, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    By the way Boston is way, way out in front of us right now.
    It is 5 games into the season.

    The new additions to the bullpen have been solid. Patterson and Ramirez have pitched well in AAA.
    Melancon was perfect in his first appearance.
    Cox is on the way.
    Sanchez may not be far behind.
    Beside one inning today, Horne shut em down his first start.

    The hitting will begin to come around. CMW and Pettite are now healthy and will provide their consistent performances. Hughes looked good. Mussina and Kennedy will be on and off depending on their respective command on each night.

    A .600 record gets you into the playoffs. I am not worried about two losses to the Rays in April.

  55. mel-173* April 5th, 2008 at 7:04 pm


    I think he was coasting along with a no-hitter, and then something happened. Trainers checked on him & he stayed in, but he gave up a walk, walk, double. And it was all down hill from there.

  56. Jimw April 5th, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    I think I’m starting to accept the fact that the yankees are in a rebuilding phase with a nice youth movement. It just might take a few years to grow into a dynasty. I’m not going to panic if we don’t make the playoffs this year, in fact I think it would be a miracle if we did. I won’t be fooled into thinking that this is the year. Think about it…there’s my two pennies.

  57. Andrea April 5th, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    I’m liking what I’m seeing from Bruney and Ohlendorf, minus that home run. I had pretty good seats to today’s game, and Bruney looked really good.

  58. JJNJ April 5th, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Went to the game today, the weather was absolutely gorgeous. The good: got a tan, minimal traffic to & from. The bad: everything else.

  59. Stan April 5th, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Jim Leyland must have gone through 5 carton of Marlboros this week with all the high expectations afforded his team by analysts.
    Some teams start off on a high note and others on a low one and eventually teams play up to what they are.
    In the case of the Yankees, the 1st week won’t come up in much conversation in very short order. Winning breeds confidence.

  60. gayle April 5th, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Just gotback from the game as well. Jeff I was there with you booing Elliot JOhnson when he was announced.

    Beautiful day for baseball got a lovely tan and like yiou had no issues with parking or traffic again.

    BUT as I have said before I cannot bear to see an outfield with Damon and Matsui it is a joke. As I sit 2 rows from the field in LF i am able to really watch these guys and Matsui just is not the same defensive player we saw a few years ago and he has gone downward fast. To me, and believe me I am no expert, it seems his backward movement is good but when he has to go forward he is just slow. There was a ball the dropped in front of him that Damon in LZF would have had but Matsui not even close. And the HR ball was the last straw not because he didnt get it but when your own fans mess up what could have been a catch that is the last straw for me. A policeman was talking to him as I was leaving (i got too frustrated after that) and he was not being cooperative.

    The Damon throw to home not sure why he even bothered he would have had a better shot throwing the guy tagging going to third it is a joke and completely frustrating.

  61. 56Bomber April 5th, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Ugh… the wave. I was at the game too and was absolutely stunned when the fans in the left field tier tried starting a wave when the Yankees trailed 6-3 with two men on, two outs, and Shelly at the plate in the eigth. Fortunately it fizzled out after 3 or 4 sections.

    Regarding Matsui… I think his knee is still a problem… he’s not moving well. It seemed to me that he was taking short deliberate strides running to the dugout from left field after each third out – it just looked like an awkward gait.

  62. DominicanYank April 5th, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Yes, it’s still early and I know they’ll come around but it is so frustrating to watch. They look like “Torre’s Yankees” out there…very lackadasiacal and uninspired and waiting for the 3-run homer. I would’ve liked to have seen some fire, especially against a team that we’ve fought against in spring training. If facing the DRays doesn’t get us going then what will? Finally, where’s that small ball we saw against the Jays?

  63. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 5th, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    gayle you still around?? What lot did you park in? I’m going tomorrow.

  64. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti April 5th, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    56- luckly Melky will be back out there, and Damon will be back in left.

  65. rahmen April 5th, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    I am wondering about how many people are waiting for Giambi getting hot?

    Easy to remember many people here are calling him when Matsui was in struggle.
    So, Giambi was back.

    However, he could not do something special which Matsui could not do.
    He could not do something standard which Matsui could do.

    Giambi needs a month to playing hot.
    Last 2 season, we were waiting for it.
    However, he was getting hurt before getting hot.

  66. Midland TX April 6th, 2008 at 12:02 am

    From my experiences attending sporting events in L.A. and podunk towns in the Midwest, I can tell you first-hand that The Wave exists for people in the stands who are a) ignorant and oblivious to whatever sporting event is occurring in front of them (mostly talkin L.A. here), or b) trying to keep warm or interested or both during a blowout. Neither of these situations really ever applies to the fans at Yankee Stadium, unless maybe the Mets are over for interleague. So I can’t think of a good reason ever to see a Wave in the Bronx.

    As for Matsui – he is a newlywed, right? Maybe skipper should have forbidden a honeymoon till the off-season.

    My understanding of Edwin Jackson is that he’s a kid with great stuff who can’t or doesn’t always locate well. Which makes me wonder if the Yanks couldn’t have squeezed him a bit more at the plate, working his pitch count, instead of hitting weak fly balls on 1-1 counts.

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