Growing up, the Giambi brothers were taught to hit by their father, John, and because both players have struggled at the plate this season—through Sunday, Jason was hitting .214 for the Yankees and Jeremy .209 for the Red Sox—fatherly consultations have been in order on numerous occasions this year. John, a Southern California bank president, visited New York City two weeks ago to help Jason and on his cross-country return stopped in Kansas City to work with Jeremy. After those recent meetings with Dad, Jason went 6 for 18 with two home runs and five RBIs, and Jeremy was 7 for 11 with a game-winning RBI against the Royals on May 7 and hit two solo homers in a 9-8 loss to the Twins on Sunday.
"I went up there feeling good in the box, and it all starts there," says Jeremy of his approach to hitting after John's visit. "We adjusted my hands a little bit and shifted my weight, but it was mainly about helping my confidence." Added Jason, "[Our father] built our swings as kids. When we hit he can see things [and make adjustments] real quick."