Jason Giambi is happy to be back in Oakland, having signed a one-year deal with an option.
“I’m back here to win,” The Big G said. “I didn’t come here just to come back and be the prom queen again and ride through the floats.”
Giambi thanked the Steinbrenner family and Brian Cashman during his press conference and spoke fondly of the time he spent with the Yankees.
“When you’re with the Yankees, you’re like a traveling rock band,” Giambi said. “I played with basically 25 superstars in New York every day. They’re incredible guys and we had the time of our life.”
Giambi also noted he planned to “stay scruffy.”
The Yankees did the right thing to move on and you can’t argue against signing Mark Teixeira. But Giambi can still produce and he’ll probably prove to be very valuable to Oakland. Every clubhouse needs a character and the Yankees will miss his personality.