“As someone who watched Giambi play the field for seven years – when he was younger and fresher, let us not forget – I can confidently say that Rockies fans will rise in open revolt if Jim Tracy heeds Kiszla’s advice. Giambi is the worst defensive first baseman I have ever seen, and it’s not even close. He’s stiff, he has no range, he can’t jump, he can’t scoop balls out of the dirt, and don’t even ask him to throw the ball, because it will end up in the outfield or the stands. He’s abysmal. Nice guy, good hitter, crippling defender.” – me, on May 28th
“Both teams wasted opportunities with men in scoring position in the opening two innings before Arizona went ahead 1-0 in the third. Willis singled to start the inning and went to second on a throwing error from first baseman Jason Giambi. With one out, Drew singled sharply to left field and Willis raced home, sliding head-first to the plate to delight the crowd.” – game recap of yesterday’s 4-3 Diamondbacks win
I can’t find the video anywhere, but I saw it live on MLBtv. Giambi heaved the ball over Troy Tulowitzki’s head and into left field. Colorado’s inability to hit a wild Dontrelle Willis was the main reason they lost the game, but Giambi’s throwing error hurt quite a bit too.
Still want Giambi at first, Dan Kiszla?