It appears as if Jason Giambi is heading back to Oakland. www.prosportsdaily.com/comments/asgiambi-reunion-pending-physical-189990.html
This brings up something that I have been pondering for over a week. – can a MLB player go home? Many sport fans have players that they absolutely loved on their team that they have dreamed about coming back. If you follow internet forums, like nj.com, which I (and other founding members of this blog) have posted on for years, Xavier Nady is certainly on that list for Mets fans. The Xman, who now resides in Hell, provided many glimpses of greatness in just over a half a season with the Mets. In fact, if Dirty had not been so anxious to hook up “food” in South Florida, Nady might still be in the Mets’ outfield (though that trade did bring Oliver Perez), and the Mets might have won a championship or two. Another player on that list, that IS currently available, is Ty Wigginton, the guy that preceded D-Wright. Wiggy was a gritty, hard-nosed, “knockaround guy” (see below post), that fans loved.
When we conjure up these thoughts of bringing a player “home”, it makes me think – are there success stories? That is, are there examples of MLB players that have come back to a team that have done very well the second time around, or are we trying to pick up the prom queen on our 20 year reunion? Personally, I was elated when the Mets brought back Lee Mazzilli in 1986, and maybe he was great (in his own way). Staub was certainly excellent as a pinch hitter as well during his second tour. Seaver, well it just wasn’t the same, even though the Mets should have kept him for his 300th win. What I would like to hear are examples of guys that “lit it up” the second go-round (for any MLB team) – help me out.
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