Jason Giambi announced his retirement today after a 20-year major league career. Giambi played for the A's, Rockies, Indians and Yankees. He finished his career with a .277/.399/.516/.916 line, 440 home runs and 1,441 RBI. Giambi who played with the Yankees from 2002-2008 had some tumultuous moments in pinstripes which were because his involvement in the BALCO scandal a decade ago but he turned things around and left the Yankees on good terms.
He actually references that rough period in his statement saying, “I want to thank the fans for being a part of this incredible journey. I especially want to thank the fans that gave me a second chance to let me show you the human being you see today."
You can read Giambi's statement in full here.
When Giambi signed with the Yankees after the 2001 season, there were a lot of expectations to go along with the millions of dollars the Yankees were paying him and while things didn't work out exactly as expected, Giambi still had a good Yankee career despite the bumps and bruises along the way.
Here's Giambi's first big Yankees moment from way back in May 2002:
And while everyone always talks about Aaron Boone's role in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS, the Yankees wouldn't have been able to make that famous comeback without Giambi's two home runs off Pedro Martinez:
Happy trails, Jason.