Giambi turns back clock, joins Babe Ruth

Jason Giambi

GiambiJason Giambi of the Colorado Rockies hit his 419th career home run Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies -- but that’s noteworthy because it was his third home run of the game. Only Babe Ruth had more career home runs (522) entering his first career three-home run game.

Ruth had one other game with three home runs and they were the last three homers of his career.

This performance came seemingly out of nowhere for Giambi, who entered the day batting .115 and had just three hits the entire season. He was hitless in his previous 18 at-bats before he homered in his first three at-bats Thursday. Even after striking out in his final two appearances of the night, he had raised his season slugging percentage 350 points.

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According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Giambi, at 40 years and 131 days old, is the second-oldest player in major league history with a three-home run game.

Stan Musial was a year and 98 days older when he went deep three times in a game in July of 1962. Only four players have ever had such a game over the age of 40.

Giambi is the first Rockie with a three-home run game since Larry Walker on June 25, 2004. It’s the 12th such game in Colorado Rockies history, and the third in the major leagues this season. All three of those have come since last Thursday, and all were on the road.

In addition, Giambi drove in all seven runs for the Rockies, tying his career-high for RBIs in a game. According to Elias, the previous player to drive in seven or more runs and account for all of his team’s runs was St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, who did so on Aug. 22, 2006 in an 8-7 loss to the New York Mets.

Coincidentally, Giambi entered the day with one home run more than Pujols (416-415) and has opened up that lead with Pujols in the midst of the longest homerless streak of his career.