Jason Giambi – 2010 Topps Update
February 18, 2011
When I first pulled this card, I had no idea it was Jason Giambi. I thought it was some serial killer in a Rockies uniform.
With no hair, Giambi’s not Giambi.
Last year, his OPS+ was 98 with a 0.1 WAR, though -0.4 WAR was defensive. Why Giambi is in the NL, I have no idea.
But he’s a Rockie again this year – and they have a mutual option for 2012.
The biggest oddity is that the player that he is most similar to is Willie McCovey. And like McCovey, in his mid-30s he was better than people thought (take a look at McCovey as a Padre – not that bad considering who he was playing for) but then cratered at 38. At age 39, they both came back a bit.
But now Giambi will be 40. He can’t run, can’t play defense and if Helton gets hurt again he’s probably stuck at first for a while.
Maybe all Giambi will need to do is grow his hair back. And stay away from chicks named Delilah.