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Strange stats for Giambi

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on May 18, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I don’t know how long Jason Giambi can keep this up (not that he wants to) but he has more home runs (8) than singles (7) after 43 games.

Barry Bonds did it once, hitting 73 homers in 2001 and collecting only 49 singles all season. Mark McGwire had 65 homers in 1999 and only 58 singles.

Meanwhile, you’ve heard the tawdry tale of the “thong” that Giambi sometimes wears for good luck.

It was a good story – 10 years ago.

Giambi was given it as a joke by an equipment rep when he played for Oakland. It has been hanging in his locker ever since. The Boston Globe did a story about it once, as have a lot of papers.

But Conde Nast Portfolio magazine decided it was a “secret” and put together a story based on old quotes. Giambi said the writer never spoke to him. Then the New York tabloids got involved and pretended it was a new story. ESPN, of course, hopped on board.

So yesterday the clubhouse is full of clueless TV types (and a few clueless newspaper types) who were under the impression the Yankees all dress in lingerie.

It’s a strange business sometimes.

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Other than CNN in hotel rooms, SportsCenter and games, I think I last watched television in January. Lack of time, lack of good shows, etc.

Woke up early this morning and checked to see what Tivo had recorded those past few months and came across the movie Se7en with Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey.

It’s not a great movie necessarily, but it’s certainly right up there in terms of a memorable last few minutes. You have to wonder why they never made a sequel. Dectective David Mills gets out of the psych ward, becomes a cop and chases down another serial killer. Seems like a natural.

What’s in the box?

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It’s raining in the Bronx but supposedly will stop by game time. Mets-Yanks at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Check back later for the lineups.

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