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January 25, 2010

Bomber Back on Blake Street

When Oakland released slugger Jason Giambi last August, he was knocking on the door of becoming just the sixth Major Leaguer (Ken Griffey Jr., Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Manny Ramirez and Jimmie Foxx were the others) to hit 200 or more home runs with two teams.

About two weeks later…Colorado inked him to a deal.

With his 407 career bombs (198 with the A’s and 209 with the Yankees), the Rockies looked for the 2000 American League MVP to help provide some veteran leadership. And he did just that, by hitting .292 with two home runs in just 31 at bats.

Sunday afternoon, the interwebs were greeted with this from Eric Young, Jr.

EYJr: We're bringing back The Giambino! I'm pumped! Thats my guy!

A quick fact check later and its true…the 39 year-old looks to be back on Blake Street, ready to give Todd Helton a breather at first base, pinch hit when needed and serve as designated hitter during interleague play.

Combined with his Oakland numbers, he hit .201 with 13 home runs and had 51 RBI in 102 games last season.

BallHype: hype it up!

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