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.