A few weeks ago, I swore off posting about Wallace Matthews. However, I read his article on Jason Giambi and could not help myself. Apparently Giambi is to blame for the Yankees’ fall from grace (or at least is to blame until A-Rod comes back and it becomes more relevant to blame him):
Technically, the signing of Mike Mussina to a six-year, $88.5-million deal after the 2000 Series may have been the first shot, but with the Giambi signing, The Boss – drunk on four shots of championship Kool-Aid – was off and running.
Since then, the Yankees have spent $1,466,012,054 on players. That’s one billion, four hundred sixty-six million, twelve thousand and fifty-four dollars. In return, they’ve won this many world championships: zero.
And one thing every one of those teams had in common was the presence of Giambi.
You know what else those teams had in common? Derek Jeter. Mariano Rivera. Joe Torre. Brian Cashman. George Steinbrenner. Yankee Stadium. Yet somehow this is all Giambi’s fault. He apparently forced the Yankees to surround him with high priced players, and then coaxed those players to fail in the postseason. He did so by playing exceptionally well in October, causing the other players to lose focus due to Giambi’s brilliance. Alternatively, Matthews has no idea what he is talking about.
Was Giambi’s tenure in NY a success? Probably not. He had some very good years that were diminished by the awful years he interspersed among them, and he never won a championship. But to point a finger at Jason and say that he was the reason, or even one of the primary causes, for those team failings is ridiculous and revisionist.