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Welcome back, Big G

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 20, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Jason Giambi will be back in New York today. You can count on a nice ovation from the fans.

The Big G spent seven seasons in New York. He hit only .260 but belted 209 home runs, which is 10th in team history. Giambi had a solid .925 OPS.

His legacy in New York is mixed. Giambi never helped the Yankees win a World Series and it was during his time here that Giambi was forced to admit he used steroids. He also missed large chunks of time with injuries.

But Giambi was a colorful figure who had a lot of fans. When he grew a mustache for luck last season, fans took to wearing fake ‘staches to games and the Yankees even had fake mustache day to promote Giambi’s All-Star candidacy. Jason wasn’t voted in, but everybody had a good time with it.

“I spent seven years with them, and I made a lot of great friends there,” Giambi said yesterday. “The town was great, and the fans were unbelievable, so it’ll be fun to go back.”

Giambi is off to a slow start (.227/.333/.295) with the Athletics. But he’ll figure it out, he usually does.





53 Responses to “Welcome back, Big G”

  1. Rishi April 20th, 2009 at 10:02 am

    here’s hoping he figures it out after he leaves NY :)

  2. yankees & cubs in 2009 series April 20th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Sweep the A’s !!!

  3. ellen April 20th, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Looks like the Big G will have to wait til tomorrow for his welcome back ovation. There’s an 80-90% chance of rain at game time according to

  4. jennifer April 20th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Agreed- Let him figure it out Friday. Hopefully they’ll get the game in today. Weather is very dreary. :(

  5. royhobbs April 20th, 2009 at 10:08 am

    If we’re rained out, let’s hope it gets re-scheduled when the A’s come back in July. That way, we can definitely skip Wang’s start. It looks like we should consider placing him on the DL so he can work on his mechanics and get a couple of minor league rehab starts. I hope we bring Shelley up for a while until A-Rod returns.

  6. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! April 20th, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Welcome back Big G.

  7. Rishi April 20th, 2009 at 10:11 am

    works for me, royhobbs :)

  8. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! April 20th, 2009 at 10:13 am

    I’m sure Giambi has been drooling over that RF porch, especially with how balls have been flying out of the park. I say walk him every time he’s up. :P

  9. GreenBeret7 April 20th, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Who cares about “The Big G”? Except for his first year, he hit .240 during his time in NY. Throw in pathetic defense, and overall, he was barely average.

  10. miggs April 20th, 2009 at 10:19 am

    You mentioned that yesterday regarding Giambi and I thought it was absurd. Now I see you posted it again.

    Yeah let’s give Giambi a free pass when he’s hitting .220 just because he’s a lefty and may hit home runs to RF.


  11. Tantron Willoughby April 20th, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Perhaps the Big G will take back the golden thong from our esteemed fill in at third base?

  12. William Buckner April 20th, 2009 at 10:24 am

    “I hope we bring Shelley up for a while until A-Rod returns.”

    Not likely, Shelley’s off the 40 man roster. When Nady goes on 60 day DL it will open a spot, but that may be used for a long man, Jason Johnson or Brett Tompko.

  13. Mauro April 20th, 2009 at 10:24 am

    I agree with GreenBeret7

    For every mammoth home run, there were countless times he couldn’t run the bases or froze up on a defensive play at first base… And when he made a routine throw everyone applauded him like he was the slow kid in class that finally did good…

    Lets not even mention the shift

  14. ellen April 20th, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Speaking of Nady, has there been any news about the elbow?

  15. Yazman (aka David) April 20th, 2009 at 10:27 am

    History may well show that Giambi was among the most honest players of the steroid era.

    Aside from using steroids (and that is a big aside), I always admired the way Big G handled himself on and off the field.

    Yeah, hope he does great this year (when he’s not playing the Yankees). OK, I’ll even take a Giambino homerun in a 9-1 Yanks victory :)

  16. m April 20th, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Was never a big Giambi fan. I’m sure he’s gone, but I’m glad he’s gone. Near the top of the list of his crimes? Acting he’s sexy when he’s not! Think: Zohan.

    I hope there’s a game today. I hate what rainouts do the the pitching rotation.

  17. m April 20th, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Tried to grab it back before it went, but to no avail.

    I’m sure he’s a *good guy…

  18. William Buckner April 20th, 2009 at 10:29 am


    My fear is they are cautious and let him attempt to medical manage, which will continue to tie up a roster spot.

    But if there is enough structural damaged, Nady will be quick to get the surgery. As a FA he will want to get into rehab ASAP.

  19. Buddy April 20th, 2009 at 10:30 am

    It does seem that with the exception of Clemens, Yankee players who have been exposed as steroid users have come clean for the most part. That’s more than can be said around the rest of the league.

  20. Jeter in LF April 20th, 2009 at 10:31 am

    But for Giambi, they probably lose to the Sox in the 2003 ALCS. His two HRs off Pedro in Game 7 set the stage for Boone’s HR off Wakefield.

  21. Buddy April 20th, 2009 at 10:33 am

    April 20th, 2009 at 10:25 am
    “Speaking of Nady, has there been any news about the elbow?”

    I think the word is coming tomorrow. They have done every conceivable test, and specialists are looking at the results. With this much delay, it doesn’t look good. It could all be a stall tactic to see if Cash can swing a trade.

  22. Yankee U April 20th, 2009 at 10:33 am

    “History may well show that Giambi was among the most honest players of the steroid era.”

    He denied it until the Grand Jury testimony was leaked, then still never said anything. I don’t condemn him for that but I don’t see where that comes off as honest.

  23. Bronx Jeers April 20th, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Ah the curious case of Jason Giambi. A man addicted to the long ball.

    A one trick pony if there ever was one. Finally got around to playing 1st in his walk year.

    I miss him like I miss Cecil Fielder.

  24. Tom in N.J. April 20th, 2009 at 10:35 am

    He seems like a jovial fun-loving dude. He hit a lot of homers and walked some. Couldn’t play the field to save his life, though. And his refusal to hit the ball the other way was the most frustrating thing…

  25. Buddy April 20th, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Compared to Bonds, Mcguire, and Clemens, Giambi is honest.

  26. CanIGetAMooseCall April 20th, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Giambino is going to hit 5 home runs this series in the new launching pad.

  27. Whatever April 20th, 2009 at 10:39 am

    How much did we pay that guy again?

  28. Yankee U April 20th, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Wow Buddy, you really set that bar high.

    Granted he was not dishonest, but that does not make him honest either.

  29. AD April 20th, 2009 at 10:46 am

    So Funny how every Yankee hater cannot stand that this team has played very well, with the exception of 3 bad games. All 3 Being CM Wangs starts.

    Once we get AROD Back and Wang gets right(love saying that) this team is going to launch to first place by June 1st, and have a big lead.

    If anyone is worried, relax, its April 20th, not July 20th, The Yanks will be fine.

  30. Buddy April 20th, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Yankee U

    In this day in age what is honest?

  31. Tantron Willoughby April 20th, 2009 at 10:49 am

    At least the A’s are only on the hook for 5 mil. Long term contract burn is never easy.

  32. Tantron Willoughby April 20th, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Honesty in this day and age is history. Look at the energy tax we are going to soon have, and Bama said none of us would be taxed. Yep what is honesty anymore and the working man continues to pay.

  33. Buddy April 20th, 2009 at 10:53 am

    I think Wang will recover to some degree, but this is a big red flag. All I hear about is the team consoling him, and saying his mechanics are off, and Wang denying that anything is wrong. This is a player coming up on free agency in the next couple of years, and this gives the Yankees pause, in considering signing him to a long term deal. He was always billed as a level headed, cool individual. What gives now?

  34. Yankee U April 20th, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Honest is the same as it always was, that will never change. As I said I don’t condemn Giambi for the way he handled his situation, I just don’t feel that not saying anything after you are caught is honest, it’s just not dishonest. And remember he did deny it prior to the GJ leak.

  35. Buddy April 20th, 2009 at 10:55 am

    “the working man continues to pay.”

    The working man is on the unemployment line.

  36. Buddy April 20th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    I wonder if Jeter actually cares when his team mates apologize (or attempt to) about using PED’s. I would say not.

  37. ditmars1929 April 20th, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Pete, Giambi’s Yankee legacy isn’t “mixed”. It flat out sucked. He’s a steroid cheat, couldn’t move a guy over unless the ball went over the wall, and his defense was about as good as Ruth’s monument. His being “colorful” only benefits reporters like you. Fans want winners, which he wasn’t and isn’t.

  38. 86w183 April 20th, 2009 at 11:07 am

    What’s the difference between a tax and a “user fee”???

    Giambi had one great offensive season (’02), three very good ones (’03, ’05, ’06), a mediocre one (’08) and two lousy ones (’04, ’07). That’s what the Yankees got for $ 119 Million. Well, that and horrible defense and pleassant personality.

    His overall Yankees ops+ was 143.

    He should get a nice hand, but standing ovation… no.

  39. Back to Glory April 20th, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Giambi says: “I spent seven years with them, and I made a lot of great friends there,” Giambi said yesterday. “The town was great, and the fans were unbelievable, so it’ll be fun to go back.”

    What he meant to say was that he made a lot of great money there and that was unbelieveable. The reason this dude wants to come back is to see if theres some more unused $100 bills laying around the corridors for him to steal.

    Obviously I dont like this steroid pushing loser. He hit .260, stole millions and is still what he will always be – a loser with no ring. Welcome back you jerk.

  40. The Ghost April 20th, 2009 at 11:43 am

    the fact that he would never even fake a bunt attempt when the third baseman was playing over 2nd base told me all I need to know about Jason Giambi – not a team player, never was and what was worse, his relaxed SoCal attitude affected all those around him to create a team of apathetic individuals. It’s no coincidence that the Yankees long spiral downward began with his signing.

  41. Orlando Chris April 20th, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Giambi may receive a nice ovations from the fans, but those of us in TV-land will never be able to hear it.

  42. Anthony April 20th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    I understand being upset about Giambi not figuring out how to hit the ball the other way considering his skills and great eye, but we can’t seriously wish he would have bunted more! Even with the shift, the pitcher or catcher would likely get to the ball before Giambi could make it to first, due to his lack of speed. You don’t ask your main power hitters to bunt (and bunting is generally not worth it anyway because it usually just gives away an out).

  43. Michael Kei (Igawa) April 20th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Reading these comments make me want to throw up.

  44. Rachael April 20th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Giambi will always have a special place in my Yankee heart. I was at the May 17th game against the Twins where he “earned his pinstripes” with his grandslam in the 14th inning. That game was a nightmare with rain delays and then going into extra innings. Up until that point, he hadn’t done much to contribute. But that one HR was enough for me to root for him from that point on. I was hugging complete strangers at the end of that game!

  45. Jonathan April 20th, 2009 at 2:06 pm


    not including 2002 giambi had an OPS+ of 132

  46. Brent April 20th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Dan Geise is also due back. Where’s the love for the Polter-geise?

  47. dave April 20th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    G-Fraud only admitted doing steroids to the Feds because they shined the light in his eyes. He was afraid — and he never came clean to the media or the fans with any details. If Giambi’s time as a Yankee was “mixed”, A-Rod should get a plaque and his number 13 retired tomorrow. Giambi got off easy — and with 140 million+. His phony mustache “good guy” bit doesn’t cover the fact that he was a steroid cheat and a bust with the Yankess. Welcome back Big G! Please play first — and try to turn the 3-6-3 double play. Please.

  48. Brian in 702 April 20th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Look Out NYC!

    the big g is in town and the game is rained out!

    hopefully, he doesn’t take Jete and Damon with him, lol

  49. dave April 20th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    As long as Joba isn’t driving…

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