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Quote of the Day: 'My ego is not in the way at all'

Aug 25, 2009, 11:55 AM EDT

Jason Giambi, on signing a minor-league contract with the Rockies in the hopes of nabbing a September bench role:
It’s cool. My ego is not in the way at all. I enjoy playing baseball. I’m a baseball player. I enjoy coming out here and playing with the guys, playing a kid’s game. They asked me if I minded going down to get some at bats and I said no, absolutely not. I want to help you guys win. There is no small role when a team’s in the pennant race. I’ve been in a lot of them over my career and it’s exciting to watch those guys play. They’ve got a great ball club and a great clubhouse. I know a lot of the guys. It’ll be fun to be a part of the ball club.
Aside from a couple of brief rehab assignments Giambi hasn’t been in the minors since 1995, when he batted .342 in 55 games at Triple-A as a 24-year-old. Fourteen years and 1,933 big-league games later he’s obviously near the end of the line, but for all his horrible defense, high strikeout totals, and low batting averages Giambi still has plenty of patience and power, and those are two skills that can be extremely useful off the bench.

  1. Bulldog - Aug 25, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Some will say that Giambi is hanging on any way he can, but I believe him. He enjoys being on a baseball team, and he knows he’s not a full-timer anymore. If he wins just one game for them with a HR, it could mean millions for the organization.
    Low-risk, high-upside move for Colorado, good attitude by Giambi.
    And I say that as a fan of neither.

  2. teaching baseball - Aug 25, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    I always liked Giambi. It was a shame to think of him going out the way he did in Oakland. Hopefully he can get a little redemption in Colorado.

  3. online stock trading - Feb 16, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    There is obviously a lot to learn. There are some good points here.

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