Former Phillie Jeremy Giambi Dies at 47
Former Phillies first baseman and outfielder Jeremy Giambi died Wednesday night. He was just 47 years old.
News of Giambi’s death was shared by Ken Rosenthal, which said that Giambi passed away in his parents Southern California home. Giambi spent 82 games during the 2002 season with the Philies after coming over in a trade with the Oakland A's in exchange for John Mabry. Giambi came over to the Phillies and hit a home run in his first two plate appearances with the team.
The trade was featured in the movie Moneyball, starting Brad Pitt and Johan Hill, and Nick Porrazzo playing the role of Jeremy Giambi. The trade was shown in the movie with Pitt, playing the role of Oakland GM Billy Beane, telling Giambi he was traded to the Phillies.
Giambi's character was shown dancing in the A's clubhouse after a loss and Beane's character comes in a tells him to get off the chair he was dancing on. He was traded shortly after that scene.
"Jeremy you've been traded to the Phillies. This is Ed Wade's number, he's a good guy, he's the GM, he's expecting your call. You're a good ball player Jeremy and we wish you the best."
After the 2002 season, the Phillies traded Giambi to the Boston Red Sox for pitcher Josh Hancock.
He might be best known for being the younger brother of Jason Giambi and his naming appearing in the Mitchell report. Giambi, who last signed a minor league deal with the White Sox in 2005, admitted to knowingly using steroids in an interview with the Kansas City Star.
He ended his Major League career hitting .263 with 52 home runs and 209 RBI.