Credit where credit is due here. After Jason Giambi homered in the seventh inning, Joe Girardi left him in the game to play first base.
Pudge Rodriguez, who came in to catch, was subbed into the lineup for Cody Ransom.
“If itÂ’s 3-2 or 4-2, possibly, probably would have done it,” Girardi said. “But when itÂ’s 2-2, we know that weÂ’re going to need his bat.Â””
They certainly did, Giambi came back up in the ninth and won it with a single.
Giambi is a fascinating case as a free agent. He’s hitting only .251 and will be 38 before the start of next season. But he has an .893 OPS and has played more innings at first base this season than he has since 2003.
The Big G figures to end up with 30+ homers and 90+ RBI. Teams are shying away from older players in the post-steroids era with good reason. But for the right team, Giambi makes a lot of sense. He has proven he can stay in the lineup and be productive.
Plus the Winter Meetings are in Las Vegas, where the Big G roams in the offseason. Some unsuspecting GM is going to wake up in his hotel room with a hangover and Jason Giambi on his roster for two years and $16 million.