Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 5/5/13
In this morning’s Plain Dealer, Paul Hoynes asked Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi about team chemistry. Giambi, 42, is in his 19th major league season with his fourth team (Athletics, Yankees, Rockies). The five-time All-Star was the 2000 AL MVP and has hit 431 homers in his career. Q: There’s an old saying about baseball being a team game played by nine individuals. How do you get around that to build chemistry? A: It’s true. It’s you against the pitcher, the pitcher against the hitter and then you’ve got to make the play on defense. But it also takes a team effort to win. I think that’s what chemistry brings because you have to have that guy who is willing to give himself up to move the guy from second to third or hit a ground ball to drive a guy in from third base. That’s what it takes to win a World Series. When everyone on the team is willing to do that, and if you look around this team everyone is willing to do that, that’s how you win ballgames. This season, Giambi is batting .207 (6-for-29) in 8 games, with 2 homers and 6 RBI. Giambi’s veteran presence in the dugout seems to be having a positive influence on this still-young team overall. Related: Indians Rack Up Sixth Straight Behind Kazmir, Early Power
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