JASON GIAMBI gets to blow out a buncha’ candles today.
Yep, it’s the Giambino’s 41st birthday.
But no, he’s not the oldest position player in the bigs.
That would be JIM THOME; by 134 days. Especially since THOME will return to the NL with his signing by the Phillies in early November.
And GIAMBI’s not the oldest Rockie ever. That distinction belongs to STEVE FINLEY, who, at 42 years old, was on Colorado’s 2007 opening day roster.
Enough about age, let’s talk about number 23.
When I see GIAMBI hop out of the dugout, and step into the on deck circle, I always wanna’ cup my mouth and yell at the top of my lungs “…c’mon two-three…take one deep!”; and with a New York accent (*cringe*).
Ya’ know where I’m going with that, right?
JASON has this bigger than life persona that oozes…say, gladiator, warrior, hero.
That said, it seems strange that only 7 of his 428 career homers have been walk offs: but 3 have come since he joined the Rockies on 9/1/09.
The photo you see above was snapped right before JASON jacked that June 23rd 2010 bottom of the 9th game winner against JONATHAN PAPELBON and the Red Sox at Coors Field.
Yeah, I know you remember that win!
(FYI; GIAMBI is 3 for 9 off of the Philadelphia’s new closer all time.)
JASON enters the 2012 season ranked 42nd on baseball’s all-time home run list.
Can the big man equal the 13 homers he hit last year?
If so, GIAMBI will pass CAL RIPKEN JR., JUAN GONZALEZ, and ANDRE DAWSON.
(14 taters and he passes DAVE “King-Kong” KINGMAN for 38th all time…right that DAVE KINGMAN!)
He’s also 3 ribbies away from 14 hundred; something only 70 players have accomplished in the history of the game.
Colorado fans know that JASON GIAMBI and TODD HELTON have a special relationship.
They currently both play first base for the Rox, and they both should have won the MVP award in 2000.
GIAMBI’S was the AL’s most valuable player that year when he had this line in Oakland:
.333 BA – 170 hits – 108 runs – 43 HR’s- 137 RBI’s – .647 slugging %
HELTON finished 5th in the NL MVP balloting in 2000; umm, with these numbers (but you, as an astute Rockies fan, already knew this, obviously!):
.372 BA – 216 hits – 138 runs – 42 HR’s – 147 RBI’s – .698 slugging %
A few more numbers a Rockies rooter needs to know about GIAMBI heading into 2012:
JASON’S brother JEREMY hit 52 career homers.
As teammates in Oakland, the two went deep in the same game 5 times.
And homered off the same pitcher in the same game 3 times: RAMON ORTIZ, RYAN FRANKLIN, and STERLING HITCHCOCK.
Jason’s 6 homers off of TIM BELCHER (recently retired Indians pitching coach) is the most off any one hurler.
has 21 homers as a Rockie; 10 at Coors Field.
The only club GIAMBI has not homered against?
That would be the ASTROS.