JASON'S CAREER ONE STEP AWAY FROM THE JUNK PILE
May 10, 2005, NY POST -- JASON Giambi, leaning his head into the dugout as Matt Thornton was summoned from the bullpen last night, listened to some advice from hitting coach Don Mattingly about the Seattle lefty reliever. Deeper in the dugout, Joe Torre was not yet ready to signal just how far Giambi has fallen. But that day is coming.
May 10, 2005, NY POST -- Randy Johnson didn't take his vintage Big Unit stuff to the Stadium mound last night. Still, Johnson's second-tier stuff is better than most pitchers' top-drawer stash.
On this night, that was good enough to pitch the Yankees to a 4-3 victory over the Mariners in front of 38,079.
It took the Yankees 33 games to string together three consecutive wins.
May 10, 2005, NY DAILY NEWS -- Brian Cashman was asked yesterday morning what he is going to do about Jason Giambi if this is all Giambi has left. For the time being, maybe forever, Giambi owns as bad a contract as there in sports, certainly the worst since the Chargers gave all that money to a stiff like Ryan Leaf.
After last night's game against the Mariners, Giambi is hitting .195. Three home runs, six RBI. His salary for this season is $15.5 million. It goes to $19 million next season. In total, if you count what the Yankees have already paid Giambi for his .195 batting average, he is still on the books for around $81 million. At the present time, the Yankees couldn't give him away.
"Right now, this is a worst-case scenario you ever could have anticipated," Cashman said.
May 10, 2005, NEWSDAY -- In orthopedic sandals and a demure pantsuit, Marguerite Torre stood at a podium in Huntington Station Monday, looking every bit like the Catholic nun and elementary school principal that she is. But as she spoke about how her father used to beat up her mother, her words carried none of the same reserve. As a teenager growing up in Marine Park, Brooklyn, Sister Torre told the crowd how she once held off her father with a table leg. And later, after she left for the convent, she recalled how she would cry herself to sleep.
In her first public speech about the abuse she witnessed growing up, Sister Torre -- the older sister of Yankees manager Joe Torre -- spoke candidly to an interfaith group of domestic violence advocates about her childhood, her siblings' difficulty in coming to terms with their past, and her frustration with the male-dominated Catholic church.She recalled how her baby brother, Joe, would check to see if their father's car was in the driveway before coming into the house. "No one should have to live in fear," she said.
May 10, 2005, NY TIMES -- It is no big deal anymore, Derek Jeter says, barely an inconvenience. Change has become his routine, his expectation. It is the lifestyle he has become more wedded to than any double-play partner.
Miguel Cairo in the American League Championship Series last fall, Tony Womack in April, Robinson Cano in May and who can say come September? "At this point, you can pretty much throw anybody out there," Jeter said before the Yankees defeated Seattle, 4-3, last night behind Randy Johnson. Jeter shrugged with resignation, not indifference, and added, "It doesn't make any difference."