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The Big G: “He’s a guy that gets it”

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Sep 29, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

ph_114739.jpgHere’s what kind of person Jason Giambi is.

Two Boston players, Gil Velazquez and George Kottaras, had the first hits of their careers in that long, sloppy game on Friday night. Velazquez had a single in the fourth inning, Kottaras had a double in the fifth.

On both occasions, The Big G made sure that the ball was tossed into the Boston dugout. He also congratulated both players when he had a chance. The Boston players were talking yesterday about how impressed they were with Giambi’s sportsmanship.

“He’s a guy that gets it,” Kottaras told The Boston Globe.

There is little chance that Giambi will be back with the Yankees next season. Some team will give him a two-year deal, maybe the Blue Jays or Mariners. The Yankees need to get younger and move on.

But they will miss Giambi on the field and off. He’s is a guy that gets it, as Kottaras said. It was the Big G who shamed his cheapskate teammates into giving the coaches and support staff bigger postseason shares a few years ago. He’s the guy who will take a rookie out for dinner and he signs autographs for kids every chance he gets.

In a lot of ways, he’s a throwback to guys like Mantle, Ford and Martin who knew how to be good players and have a good time.

The Yankees will no doubt field a strong lineup next season. But a .373 OBP, 32 homers and 96 RBI won’t be easy to replace. And forget replacing that personality.

I wish I could tell you some of the great lines Giambi has had over the years but I’d get fired in a minute. Suffice it to say, he’s one of the few people I’ve ever met who can use a certain word as a noun, adjective, adverb and verb, sometimes all in the same sentence.

Good luck to Jason. He has some ups and down in pinstripes but he was never boring.

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