Arn Tellem, Giambi's agent, said yesterday that Giambi intended to meet with reporters in February before he goes to spring training. Tellem added that Giambi had begun two-a-day workouts and described him as working out intensely in preparation for the 2005 season.
"His spirits are very good, Tellem said in a telephone interview. "He's feeling the best he has in a long time. He's very determined to come back and show everybody he's the quality player he's always been."
I hope that Giambi comes back and plays well. He's going to have some kind of cloud hanging over his head--the media attention and the abuse he'll hear on the road should be relentless--but I don't think it will bother his teammates too much. Both Joe Torre and Brian Cashman have left Giambi messages this winter. He hasn't returned their calls. I can understand why Giambi hasn't spoken with the media, but I don't get why he would't return Joe Torre's call. What's up with that? I don't get it.