Before Game 6 of the World Series, Jason Giambi wouldn’t make a prediction about whether the Yankees would win.
“All I’m going to say is that I believe a champion is going to be crowned,” he said.
Yankees.com As Jason Giambi and Alex Rodriguez speak to the media during the World Series win over the Giants.
The Yankees hadn’t made it to the World Series since that season. But more importantly, Giambi wasn’t planning on hanging around New York City any more to be a celebrity.
“I’m done,” he said, weighing in at 6-foot-4 and 282 pounds. “Why bother being here if the team isn’t good enough to win?”
So, after a seemingly limitless run with the Yankees and hundreds of millions of dollars in major league paychecks, Giambi retired in 2003 after just one season, unsigned by the team. A year later, he was one of the men joining the Yankees, penning articles about the team for their website.
Then came 2004.
We wrote about Jason Giambi being too big to play the field or pitchers will throw a ball over his head. Ever heard of him? He also won the MVP. — Jason Girardi (@JasonGirardi) April 19, 2017
And then came 2005.
The Phillies made a move, signing Giambi to a four-year, $60 million contract. He would only appear in 33 games, batting .255 with seven home runs.
It was late last season that Giambi finally decided to look for a new career. He signed a three-year, $36 million deal with the Dodgers in early February. Since then, he has been with the team as a third baseman.
Jason Giambi Is Extremely Encouraging. — Jason Karlson (@JJkarlson22) April 19, 2017
Slow starts haven’t been a problem for Giambi with Los Angeles, going 3-for-15 in 10 games. And with their passing of the torch, it’s hard to envision the Yankees offering Giambi back to the team.