There are very few instances in which a baseball player becomes way more than just that. While longtime slugger Jason Giambi will not be suiting up to play ever again, his spirit and nature will have a lasting impact for many years.

Us Cleveland fans had the blessing of watching Giambi, nicknamed Big G, for the final two seasons of his career. When the news first broke that we had signed him, many eyebrows were raised. This guy was OLD. SO OLD. How was he going to POSSIBLY help us succeed?

Every master at one point learned from a teacher. and though many recognize their greatness much of that can be attributed to the teacher.

Jason Giambi was that teacher for all players and coaches on the ball club, and that was how he created such a positive sphere of influence within the organization.

In his 20 year career he blasted 440 home runs and knocked in 1441 RBIs. He was the driving force in both the Athletic and Yankee lineups for many years. His monstrous 2000 season with the A’s had him post numbers of 43 home runs and 137 runs batted in.

He helped the Tribe make the playoffs in 2003, with two magical walk-off home runs against the White Sox. The second, practically keeping the club’s playoff hopes alive. Tom Hamilton’s voice boomed:

“The 1-1 pitch…A SWING AND A DRIVE!!! TO DEEP RIGHT!!! AWWWAAAAAY BACCCK!!! GONE!!! JASON GIAMBI HAS DONE IT FOR THE SECOND TIME OFF THE WHITE SOX!!!”

Every one had chills.

From the rustic gray beard, to that big smile and of course those mammoth blasts, Jason Giambi is a baseball legend, forever and always.

Damn, he was the only player you could love that hit under .200.

-Zach Shafron

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