His name will be forever be tarnished by his admitted use of Performance Enhancing Drugs. He is one of the very few New York Yankee stars not to own a World Series ring. Yet Jason Giambi has carved out a little bit of a niche as the wise old clubhouse man who can still deliver the occasional big hit. Today’s three run, eighth inning home run helping the Cleveland Indians get a crucial victory was the latest example of Giambi’s penchant for late innings heroics.
After not being re-signed by the Yankees following the 2008 season, Giambi found his way back to his first home, the Oakland A’s. He was released by the A’s in August and signed shortly thereafter by the Colorado Rockies. He helped the Rox with their incredible playoff push garnering many key late game hits as Colorado used an 18-9 September record to become the Wild Card. Still with the Rockies in 2011, Giambi at age 41 became the second oldest player to hit three home runs in one game, topped only by the legendary Stan Musial. After the 2012 season, Giambi signed a minor league deal with the Indians and made the club out of Spring Training. Only July 29th, he became the oldest player to end a game with a home run when he connected off Chicago White Sox reliever Ramon Troncoso.
Although he is batting only.190 on the season, the slugger does have eight home runs. Part of the reason why the Tribe has stayed within striking distance of first place in the American League Central and in playoff position is the presence of Jason Giambi. At 42, this may be his last hurrah. What better way for him to close out a star-crossed career than by smacking the hit that will give Cleveland its first playoff appearance in six years?
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