Jason Giambi surpassed Hank Aaron as the oldest player in Major League Baseball history to hit a game-ending home run as he lifted the Cleveland Indians to a 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox.
The 42-year-old Giambi, in his 19th major-league season, led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a pinch-hit homer last night to give the Indians their fifth consecutive victory. Giambi was 45 days older than Aaron when he hit a game-winning homer in 1976, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
“This is what keeps me coming back every single year,” Giambi said in a televised interview.
Giambi threw off his helmet as he rounded third base and was met at home plate by his teammates, who later celebrated by dumping a bucket of water on Giambi’s head.
It was the ninth career game-ending homer for Giambi, the 2000 American League Most Valuable Player who’s in his first season with the Indians. Giambi’s 436 homers rank fourth among active major leaguers.