Cleveland Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi became the oldest player in Major League Baseball history to hit a walk-off home run, surpassing Hank Aaron, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Giambi was 42 years, 202 days old on Monday, while Hank Aaron was 42 years, 157 days in 1976.
The homer gave the Indians a 3-2 victory over the White Sox on Monday night at Progressive Field.
Giambi has now hit 436 career home runs and nine career walk-off shots. He had a bucket of ice water dumped over his head by teammates after the game.
“I might catch pneumonia,” he joked. “I’m a little old to be dunked with water. I love it. I’ve been preaching all year one guy is not more important than another and it’s going to take all 25 of us, even more than that, to win ballgames and we’ve done it all year. It’s just exciting to be a part of it.”
Giambi belted the homer off Ramon Troncoso (1-3) on a 1-1 pitch. As he rounded third, his teammates were waiting at home plate to celebrate the win.
“That’s what keeps you coming back,” Giambi said. “There’s no moment more special than when you get that embrace from your teammates and all those smiles. It’s exciting.”
The Indians have won 10 of their last 14 games, moving within 2 1-2 games of the Detroit Tigers for first place in the AL Central.
“Big G means so much to the ballclub, on and off the field,” Nick Swisher said. “That’s why, when he does what he just did, the party’s off the charts.”