Full Name: Jason Gilbert Giambi
Birthplace: W. Covina, CA
- 2005 AL Comeback Player of
- 4 time All-Star (‘00-’02,
- 2000 AL MVP
- 2 Silver Sluggers (‘02-’01)
- AL Player of the Month (July
’03, July ’05)
Was signed by Ed Crosby...played
Little League baseball in the West Covina area...graduated from South Hills High School (1989) in West Covina...lettered three
seasons in baseball, three in basketball and two as a quarterback in football earning all-league honors in each sport...was
the league basketball MVP his senior season...drafted by Milwaukee (43rd round) out of high school but elected to attend Long
Beach State University where he played baseball and majored in business...was the Big West Conference Freshman of the Year
in 1990 and earned all-league first team honors twice...as a sophomore led the Big West Conference in hitting with a .407
average and for his college career hit .397...was a member of the 1991 All-College World Series team....was a member of the
bronze medal winning U.S. baseball team at the 1991 Pan Am Games in Havana, Cuba, and a member of the U.S. Olympic club that
competed in Barcelona in the summer of 1992...lists offroading and the WWF as two of his hobbies...launched "Operation Gumby"
in 1999 which reaches out to children across the country to deal with the issue of bed-wetting...is also a spokesman for CAP
Cure which helps raise money and awareness in the fight against prostate cancer...has also sponsored the Oakland Special Olympics
Soccer Team and is involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters...received the Dave Stewart Community Service Award and the Fred
Hutchinson Award in 2000...grew up a Yankees fan and his favorite baseball player is Mickey Mantle...brother Jeremy plays
for the Red Sox.
Hit .271 (113-for-417)
with 32 HR and 87 RBIs in 139 games with the Yankees (78 starts at 1B, 58 at designated hitter). ... Ranked first in the American
League with a .440 on-base percentage and 108 walks, and fourth with 19 HBP. ... Was batting a season-low .195 (15-for-77)
with 3 HR and 6 RBIs in his first 27 games of the season. ... Hit .288 (98-for-340) with 29 HR and 81 RBIs in final 112 games
(5/13-10/1). Hit two-run walk-off HR in the 10th in 6/15 win vs. Pittsburgh. Was his third career walk-off home run (second
as a Yankee, last on 5/17/02 vs. Minnesota). ... Hit two solo-HRs in 7/4 win vs. Baltimore. His solo HR in the second made
him the 33rd player to hit 100 home runs as a Yankee. ... Hit two solo home runs in 7/21 loss at Los Angeles -- his second
straight multi-home-run game and third of the season. Became only the second Yankee in the last 30 years to hit two or more
home runs in two consecutive games, joining Paul O'Neill in 1998. ... Hit solo home runs in the second and seventh (18th and
19th) -- his fourth multi-homer game of the season in 7/31 win vs. Angels. The second homer that day was No. 300 of his career.
... Was named the American League Player of the Month for July, batting .355 with 24 RBI while leading the league with 14
homers, a .974 slugging percentage, a .524 on-base percentage, and 74 total bases. ... The 14 home runs in July were the most
in a month by a Yankee since Mickey Mantle hit 14 in July 1961. ... Had four multi-homer games over a 14-game span from 7/20-8/4.
Only five other players in Major League history had four multi-homer games over a span of 14 team games (Mel Ott, Harmon Killebrew,
Frank Howard, Albert Belle and Barry Bonds). ... Equaled his single-game career high with seven RBI in 8/28 win vs. Kansas
City, going 3-for-3 with 2 HR. Recorded his 1,000th career RBI with a third-inning, three-run HR and his 1,500th career hit
with a fifth inning two-run HR.