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Jason Giambi and Nick Swisher: A Tale of Two Cities

Published by on April 22, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Last night I saw the New York Yankees host the Oakland As. Jason Giambi was playing for Oakland, and Nick Swisher was in a Yankees uniform.

Something was wrong with this picture. The last time I saw the two teams play, Giambi was a Yankee, and Swisher was an A. The two players hadn't exactly been traded, but they had traded places. And therein lies the story of two very different teams—and cities.

Swisher was an obvious first round draft choice, so Giambi's case is the more interesting of the two. He started with the A's, because no other team wanted a heavy, slow fielder with weak defense (his Achilles heel) and a sub par batting average. So what did the A's see in him? A good eye for the ball, as evidenced b...

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