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The Big G and The Little G chat it up

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 22, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brett Gardner told me a funny story last night. After he made that tremendous catch to rob Jason Giambi in the first inning, he was back in the dugout after the inning when Giambi yelled over to him from first base.

The Big G, on the sly, flipped Gardner off. “We were both laughing,” Gardner said.

Gardner singled on the second inning and when he was on first base, Giambi wished him well on the season and told him to play hard as good things would happen.

“It was great for him to say that to me,” Gardner said. “Jason is a really good guy. It means a lot to have a veteran on your side like that.”

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23 Responses to “The Big G and The Little G chat it up”

  1. JB April 22nd, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Giambi is a class act and always liked him. The steroids thing will always taint his time in NY I guess for a lot of people, but that bed he made himself. Some of the articles I read elsewhere yesterday was a joke, no need to spell out who wrote them, essentially saying Giambi ripped off New York and him giving his all here was nonsense. Really look at the numbers when healthy and they stack up against numbers he had in Oakland. What the Yankees decided to pay him is irrelevant, if they offered you the same contract, whether it was possible to live up to it or not, you would take it too. I wish him the best of luck. certainly like him better though that he signed with Oakland and not the Rays though !

  2. Pasqua April 22nd, 2009 at 9:05 am

    When Swisher ended up on first base last night, I honestly thought they would have to delay the game so that he and Giambi could get the talking out of their system. Sure enough, every first base camera shot revealed them chatting away. It was cool to see.

  3. Patrick April 22nd, 2009 at 9:12 am

    I remember last year Giambi flipped someone off that stole a hit from him. I forget who it was, but it was also done in a joking way.

    Giambi missed half of 2 seasons as a Yankee but in the other 5 years he put up very good numbers. He never matched the output he had in Oakland but he was a valuable member of the Yankee team.

    I hope he does well in Oakland, except when they face NYY of course.

  4. Chris from NJ April 22nd, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Giambi is a good guy, you can see how much his ex teammates like him. I thought it was hillarious when Swisher was on first and punched Giambi in the arm!

  5. yankeefan91 arod fan April 22nd, 2009 at 9:20 am

    I really miss the Giambino i rather have him as a full time dh then matsui.

  6. JB April 22nd, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Swisher is definitely a small Giambi, too many parallels. Difference seems to be Giambi toned it down once he got here, Swisher cannot be contained ha-ha.

  7. Betsy April 22nd, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Funny story, Pete – lol. I’m not a huge fan of Giambi and I said yesterday that if given a chance, I probably would not give a standding O for him. However, he does seem like a really good guy and his ex-teammates obviously like him a lot and were genuinely happy to see him yesterday. He was giving them all bear hugs – the photos of them were great (though I would kill to see a pic of Jason lifting Cash up, lol).

  8. Hobs April 22nd, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Patrick,

    I believe he was flicking off Brian Roberts after he singled to the right side beating the Giambi shift.

  9. Tseng- Rename "Cy Young Award" the "Swisher" award. April 22nd, 2009 at 9:23 am

    <3 Giambi.

  10. JB April 22nd, 2009 at 9:25 am

    On a side note, my friend was in Vegas over the winter, stayed at the Hard Rock. Went to Giambi’s part ownership bar. Giambi was there so they bought him a drink. He came over said hello, was a pretty friendly guy apparently and then picked up their bar tab for the night.

  11. Thurston Howell, III April 22nd, 2009 at 9:28 am

    I know not the players’ names, but we I know we have the same accountant!

    Garcon, top off my G&T, would you, while I rattle my jewelry in solidarity with the men in pinstripes?

  12. jint51 April 22nd, 2009 at 9:29 am

    I love The Big G and I love watching Pete’s man crush wit the Big G continue even as he is now in Oakland.

    Maybe we can get a weekly Big G update Pete?
    Got any friends on the Oakland beat that can send you some Big G quotes and actions throughout the year?

  13. McG April 22nd, 2009 at 9:30 am

    The Big and little G both rip!!

  14. Jason April 22nd, 2009 at 9:32 am

    I saw Giambi and Teixeira were chatting it up, too, when Tex was on first. Pete, any idea what Giambi said to him?

  15. pat April 22nd, 2009 at 9:37 am

    I’ve got mixed feeling about Giambi’s tenure in NY. Unlike JB, I thought some of the articles written were pretty spot on. He had his moments in NY but didn’t live up to what was advertsied.

    Many here are usually very focused on winning the big prize but when talking about Giambi, seem quite content with winning the Miss Congeniality award.

  16. Anthony April 22nd, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Am I the only one that finds all the love for Giambi sickening? Seriously, what did the guy ever do for us other than steal a whole boatload of money and sit out the world series?

  17. Dr. Cox April 22nd, 2009 at 9:43 am

    “The Big and little G both rip!!”

    Ehh…

  18. bodhisattva April 22nd, 2009 at 9:51 am

    ^^^^
    He’s likeable enough but I’m not feeling the cult thing, either. Can’t say I find it sickening, however. People like him, that’s fine with me.

    Most noteworthy were those two homers in 2003 ALCS Game 7 – no way we win that game without those.

    WS and 2004 ALCS – both back related. We sorely needed a LH power bat in that series.

    I don’t generally cozy up to players who can’t play sound defense, and I didn’t like him getting on ARod. His 1B was tough to take, too.

    Just happy we have Teix.

  19. The Other Phil April 22nd, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    If anyone wants to talk about a player stealing a boatload of money from the Yanks, talk about Carl Pavano. Giambi did the best he could in NY. He didn’t post the expected numbers but I’ve never heard anyone question his commitment or desire to play as much as possible.

    There are plenty of FAs the Yanks have signed that could be said didn’t come as advertised. At least Giambi wanted to be in the lineup every day and did whatever he could to help the team win.

  20. Giambi Rules April 22nd, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    You got to love Giambi….especially now that he’s back where he belongs. Great guy, but when I see Tex make those back handed stabs at 1B I certainly don’t miss Giambi in the field. But I always did like the guy’s interviews, that’s for sure.

  21. Kristen April 22nd, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Steroids really did the damage for Giambi. That’s stating the obhious. The fact he was injured often in his tenure makes some fans a bit less warm hearted when his name comes up, I for one – am one of those fans.

    He was great when he arrived, and of course, during the whole ‘stashe streak last season, was really fun for some fans to watch.

    I don’t miss him. And I certainly don’t miss Abreau either.

  22. niel April 23rd, 2009 at 9:34 am

    I like the Giambino. I wasn’t to happy when he was signed because I wanted Nick Johnson everyday @ 1st. But, you just can’t hate on good people. Giambi is a good person. I have never met him but sometimes it’s really not that hard to see good in people.

  23. baseball April 23rd, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Giambino was good peoples, theres no doubt…but my oh my does tex look silky smooth at first comparitively…and that shift made me puke…
    like said earlier,,maybe better than what we have with godzilla as dh though?

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