A huge loss was suffered to the sports industry specifically the baseball arena. This is so because former Oakland A’s player Jeremy Giambi passed away in California on Wednesday.
The athlete was 47 years old and was reported dead at his family’s home in California only. The tragic news was confirmed by his manager Joel Wolfe and some Twitter reports too. The reason behind the sudden death of the player is still not confirmed.
This is because the autopsy reports are not yet released. The same was backed by Lt. Robert Ewing. However, no such case of foul play has been hinted at yet. It is probably death by natural causes.
Jeremy Giambi was a professional baseball outfielder and first baseman for Kansas City. He played for the Royals, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, and Boston Red Sox from 1998 to 2003.
He was drafted by the Royals in the first round of the 1998 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft. While with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox organizations, Giambi also played in the Minor League Baseball (MiLB) league.
Jeremy initially was renowned by his brother Jason Giambi. Jeremy was the younger brother of Jason Giambi, a former Major League Baseball player. Jason is also a baseball player and is a five-time All-Star and 2000 MVP.
Both the brothers had a really good command whenever they played in partnership. Even Jason played for Oakland Athletics for three seasons, along with his brother Jeremy. The former outfielder and first baseman batted.263 in his career and hit 52 home runs in 1,417 at-bats across 510 games as an outfielder and first baseman.
Despite having a decent career throughout the time, Jeremy started facing a backseat in the baseball arena during his early times. It was Giambi who was on the receiving end of a remarkable postseason encounter.
In the 2001 American League Division Series, he was thrown out at the home plate by New York Yankees hall of fame shortstop Derek Jeter. Derek was the one who covered the entire infield to hunt down an errant throw and flip the ball to snag Giambi at home plate.
Apart from nailing in baseball Giambi was also a part of one movie. Giambi was featured in the 2011 film Moneyball. The movie was centered on Billy Beane and the A’s obsession with statistics.
Jeremy’s career and achievements are a clear indicator of his influence and greatness. Hence it won’t be wrong to say that a huge loss was born by the sports arena by the loss of athlete Giambi.
Instead of the same several notable people paid their tributes to the late athlete. American professional baseball team, The Oakland Athletics popularly referred to as the A’s were among the first ones.
The team made an official statement and said “We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of Jeremy Giambi, a part of our Green and Gold family. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to Jeanne and Jason, as well as his family and friends.” Various other people also expressed their grief over the tragic loss.