3/02/2008 09:17:00 PM

Giambi: I'm A Cat Out There

Posted by Mark McCray |

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com has the information:

Legends Field's right-field party deck had its first souvenir delivered by Jason Giambi, who mashed an inviting fastball into a crowd of assorted sunbathers early in Sunday's 7-7 tie with the Phillies.

But for Giambi, the real reason to celebrate came two innings later. The slugger, long chastised for a pull-happy approach, ripped a well-struck double up the left-center-field gap in the third inning, trotting into second base with an RBI and a sense of accomplishment.

"I'm more excited about that than anything," Giambi said. "[Hitting coach] Kevin Long and I have been working hard in the cage. I'm excited. It's a good start and we're going to keep it going this year. I'm not going to let it get away."

"He's worked very hard in the cage going the other way and just reacting when the ball is inside," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He's making sure that he stays on everything and doesn't get pull-conscious. The work is paying off."

He'll never be a burner on the bases, but the Yankees hope that Giambi can go from first to third without limping. He showed a little burst of renewal in the second inning on Sunday, when Andy Pettitte nabbed Pedro Feliz leaning on a pickoff play. Giambi chased down Feliz to apply the tag.

"I'm a cat out there," Giambi said.


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