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Oh, this is beautiful

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jul 07, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This press release from the Yankees (seriously, it really is):


**The American Mustache Institute officially backs Giambi as their candidate**

The New York Yankees are urging fans to “Support the ‘Stache” and vote for first baseman Jason Giambi on Major League Baseball’s Final All-Star Ballot.

Fans can cast their votes for Giambi at, or by texting ‘A2’ to 36197 (or 88555 for those Yankees fans in Canada). Voting ends at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 10. Yankees fans are urged to vote early and often. By voting online, fans will be entered to win one of five authentic Jason Giambi autographed prizes.

The American Mustache Institute officially offered their support for Giambi’s All-Star candidacy today.

“It doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out that Jason Giambi’s hitting prowess plus a fashionable mustache, equals a bona fide All-Star,” said Aaron Perlut, Executive Director of The American Mustache Institute. “Giambi’s significant first-half production as well as his powerful lip fur – indicating great intellect and good looks – make two very compelling reasons for his place on the American League All-Star roster.”

Giambi is batting .256 (63-for-246) with 13 doubles, 18 home runs, 53RBI and 44BB in 78 games this season, leading the team in walks, tying for tops in homers and ranking second in RBI. He is currently tied for fifth in the American League in home runs, ranks seventh with a .393 on-base percentage and ninth with a .537 slugging percentage. In addition, Giambi leads the AL, averaging one home run every 13.7 at-bats and ranks second with 1RBI per 4.6 at-bats.



47 Responses to “Oh, this is beautiful”

  1. JoeT 28 in 09!! VOTE GIAMBI - TERRY'S WORSE THEN CASHMAN!! July 7th, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    by far the greatest thing ever on this blog or possibly on the internet.

    “Giambi’s significant first-half production as well as his powerful lip fur – indicating great intellect and good looks – make two very compelling reasons for his place on the American League All-Star roster.”

    What else do you need…. honestly

  2. Joe July 7th, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    This can’t be legit can it? Can Giambi even be mentioned in this race that should be dominated by Jermaine Dye? I mean, is this even a race? They make a big deal to make the game important to the American League for the World Series, I wonder why they let fans make a farce out of this by possibly voting in Giambi over Dye. Based on market size, I fully expect fans to get Giambi in, and that is a shame.

    By the way…I love Giambi.

  3. mel July 7th, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    This is bringing back very bad memories of the handlebar mustache sketch on SNL. Very poor in taste.

  4. Peter Abraham July 7th, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    This is a real release. I didn’t make this up.

  5. RayBlay July 7th, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    omfg… just unbelievable (in a good way)

  6. zach July 7th, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Does anyone honestly think Giambi deserves this over Jermaine Dye and Evan Longoria?

  7. Jose July 7th, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    That’s awesome!!! Let’s support the ‘stache!!!

  8. Doreen July 7th, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    This is hysterical and wonderful!!! The Yankees have a sense of humor!!! I applaud this. You know what? The All-Star Game is supposed to be fun, baseball is supposed to be fun, and if you can’t take pleasure in Jason’s attachement to his ‘stache, and the undisputed success he’s had since growing it, and his utter devotion ot it, what can you have fun with?!! :lol:

  9. Doreen July 7th, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    As long as the rules are what they are, I have no problem whatsoever casting as many votes as my fingers can stand, not to mention typing in that ridiculous numerical code! Jason is having a good year; he’s an excellent Yankee; he’s worked hard and turned his season around, and oh, by the way, HE’S A YANKEE, and I follow the Yankees.

    If Jermaine Dye or Evan Longoria happen to get in instead, I’ll be disappointed, but very okay with that, because they are having very good years too. But I don’t watch those teams and I don’t care about those teams; I care about the Yankees, and I really like Jason Giambi.

  10. Doreen July 7th, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Hey, what is that little toy with the magnets where you can “draw” hair on a little guy anywhere you want it? They should give those out at the Stadium!

  11. Joe July 7th, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    Doreen, that is the best answer, I think, that could possibly be given for voting an inferior player in. An honest assesment…I like it.

  12. mel July 7th, 2008 at 6:07 pm


    I don’t know. All this fuss about facial hair is getting ridiculous. To the point where whoever signs Jason has to sign the stache to its own contract. Public appearances, etc., etc. :)

  13. Mike G July 7th, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    I’m a Yank fan and I love Big G, but Evan Longoria is more deserving.

  14. Ummmmm..... July 7th, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    Yeah it’s real. Yankees are pushin the stache. Maybe they figure some personality might rub off on the field.;c_id=nyy

  15. Joe July 7th, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Longoria is more deserving than Giambi, I agree…but isn’t Dye clearly having a better year than either?

  16. saucY July 7th, 2008 at 6:11 pm


    neat site

  17. Bx is burning July 7th, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    It’s called “Wooly Willy,” Doreen.
    Kind of a poor man’s Etch-a-Sketch…

  18. leokitty July 7th, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    why not have some fun and run with it rather than sit around being concerned over who the best is?

    there are already some people who CLEARLY should not be in anything “all star” related in the game so i don’t see why yankee fans can’t just sit back and have fun rather than stress about the best players being in the game.

    i mean how can you take an ASG roster that includes 2008 jason varitek seriously? plus, giambi is having a very good year and is honestly on the same level as dye.

  19. saucY July 7th, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    if Giambi doesn’t win this final player ballot, then the terrorists have indeed won.

  20. Doreen July 7th, 2008 at 6:20 pm


    Personally, I’m not a fan of the way the ‘stache looks. But if the ‘stache can keep hitting to the opposite field, I’ll support it. :)

    (It’s all a bit silly and over-the-top, but in a season where a lot of things are going quite so well, you have to celebrate what you can.)

    Evan Longoria, if he continues, will likely get rookie of the year and have many, many more years to be an all-star and try his hand at the homerun derby. I’m not crying for Evan Longoria.

  21. Doreen July 7th, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Bx is Burning -

    Wooly Willy! Yes! For such a simple little toy, I used to have a lot of fun with that.

  22. Stan July 7th, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    The entire All Star fiasco cuts against the very purpose of what the game is supposed to be about, 2 leagues trying to gain home field advantage for the World Series.
    It’s nothing but a popularity contest with managers showing slight toward their own players credible or not, combined with a slew of silly rules of player selection.
    It makes the last 2 Presidential elections look sane.

  23. 56Bomber July 7th, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    “Hey, what is that little toy with the magnets where you can “draw” hair on a little guy anywhere you want it? They should give those out at the Stadium!”

    They actually DO sell Wooly Willy’s at the stadium with Willy wearing a Yankees cap. Had one in my office for years and spent hours playing name that Yankee with my colleagues. The 70s Yankees were the easiest to identify: Reggie, Thurman, Oscar…

    Even did a Manny one… those dreadlocks looked pretty good under the interlocking NY…

  24. Joe July 7th, 2008 at 6:25 pm


    Do you REALLY think Giambi is on the same “level” as dye? Look deep in that heart of yours, look as any of the stats someone decided was “objective” (another story) and decide if he is really on the same level.

    I really can’t understand why they try to make this game important (Home Field) and then make the player voting a joke. Is this a serious event, or not?

  25. saucY July 7th, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    apparently, Joe hates freedom

  26. Wolf In Pinstripes July 7th, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    I’m not sure I ever want to read the phrase “powerful lip fur” again, that’s for sure.

    I did crank out 101 votes for the big G last night. I’ll have to throw a few more in tonight through “the incentive”.

    I remember the Wooly Willy. LOL We had all that crap growing up – Willy, Etch-a-sketch, Lincoln Logs, Sea Monkeys, etc. Every one of those things that seemed like such a waste of money, yet as Doreen mentioned – kept us rugrats occupied.

    So is anybody else totally jonesing for a game tonight? It stinks going from that barrage of excitement last night into an off-day.

  27. Doreen July 7th, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    56 Bomber -

    That’s pretty cool. I haven’t seen a game at the Stadium in years, so I didn’t know that. Would make a neat give-away though.


    Since MLB can’t really decide whether the ASG is for fun or purpose, every fan is free to approach the voting in whichever way makes sense for them. I try to pick Yankees, though I did not vote for Robbie Cano or Jorge Posada, because that just wouldn’t be right. But no problem voting for Jeter or ARod or Giambi. If a Yankee at a particular position is not having a good year I try my best to pick someone from another team who is.

    The way the voting is run, it’s clearly a popularity contest, and some of the fans are just going to vote for hometown favorites, while some will take it more seriously. It’s troubling though that the players themselves don’t all take it as seriously as a lot of the fans do. Dan Graziano of the Star Ledger had a good article this morning talking about just that.

  28. S.A.- Just win games and can the offense stop being so offensive? July 7th, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Is it wrong that I am sitting here and actually LMAO at that?

  29. Doreen July 7th, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    S.A. –

    No! :lol:

  30. Eric Haskell July 7th, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Now, the question is, when is Pete going to shave his chin and just leave a ‘stache. You know you want to, Pete.

  31. Marcus July 7th, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    As one wil a ‘stache, I say vote for Giambi! When Dye or Longoria can grow a ‘stache like Giambi, they can go to the all-star game! lol!

  32. S.A.- Just win games and can the offense stop being so offensive? July 7th, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Doreen-I read that release 2 times..and I still :P

    Also the picture of Giambi on the widget need to have him with the ‘stache! Come on now. I don’t even recognize him without it.

  33. randyhater July 7th, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    Terrific. A martini bar in ceterfield, multi-colored hats on the players, and now the team is begging fans to stuff the ballot box with a “hilarious” press release. What is it exactly that now separates our once-fabled franchise from the Mets, D-Rays and other bush league operations?

    By this time next year we’ll have t-shirt cannons, mascots racing on the field, and nine different styles of home uniform.

  34. S.A.- Just win games and can the offense stop being so offensive? July 7th, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    **I’m still laughing

  35. Jordan July 7th, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    As someone who honestly has been pulling for Giambi since the off-season (I appreciate players that work hard to get in shape and improve their game, especially a guy like Jason who has been through so much with the steroid scandal and his prolonged 2 year slump afterwards, which although his fault, he seemed to genuinely feel terrible about.) Anyways, even when he started the season struggling, I name myself one of very few that thought he’d pull out of it and have a good year. So heres to Giambi and his wonderful mustache!

  36. csano July 7th, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Has anyone written a script to automate votes yet?

  37. The Iron sheik (Madonna is a Home Wrecker!!) July 7th, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Yay! Tampa Lost.

    yeah, we’re eight games behind Tampa, but if close it to 5 by the ASG, I think we can take the division.

  38. Joey D July 7th, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Having Giambi in the derby would be huge. Will be a big loss if he isnt voted in.

  39. Old Goat July 7th, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    I don’t care if another player is deemed more deserving, such as Dye and Langoria. I am a Yankee fan, biased FOR my team, not some players of other teams. I would also enjoy watching Giambi swinging for the fences in the home run derby. Its in Yankee Stadium, why not have a Yankee in the HR derby?

    Giambi’s chances for this are waning. Langoria has a long time ahead.

  40. Angel July 7th, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Ahh, the yankees upset perpetual grouch randyhater with that stunt. Thats more than enough reason for me to get behind it. :-P

    Seriously though, if the players don’t think that those players who are the best should be there (judging by their votes) why on earth should the fans take it seriously either?

    I didn’t even vote for the starting All-Star’s this year, but I’m on the ‘stache crusade now.

  41. darkmoonfire July 7th, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    powerful lip fur


    The mind boggles. Jason should change his name to Samson.

  42. The Iron sheik (Madonna is a Home Wrecker!!) July 7th, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    ^^ Jason could change his name to “thunder lips”

  43. Jeremy July 7th, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    Giambi: .256/.393/.537, 6.1 WARP3

    Dye: .308/.363/.556, 8.7 WARP3

    Longoria: .281/.353/.537, 10.4 WARP3

    They are all deserving. Longoria wins the WARP3 contest by virtue of his defense and his position.

    If I’m picking my AS team purely to win, I have to go with Dye or Longoria because they are much more versatile than Giambi and provide just as much power.

  44. Steve Balboni July 7th, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    I may be a Yankee fan, but Longoria > HGH User

  45. Dobler July 7th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    He also leads the league in HGH usage. Which is the Yankee way.

  46. bigjf July 7th, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Well, I guess if the players are ok with voting Varitek in, I’m ok with the Stache. But I’ve always thought the “campaign” thing was a little silly. Between the White Sox thing a few years back and David Wright now doing his campaigning as well.

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