Jeremy Giambi, who was portrayed in the film and book versions of Moneyball and played for four teams, including the Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox, and Philadelphia Phillies, has died. He was 47 and no cause of death was released, Deadline reports.
Jeremy Giambi was the younger brother of slugger Jason Giambi, who also was part of the Michael Lewis book Moneyball and later was depicted in the 2011 film of the same name.
“We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of a member of our Green and Gold family, Jeremy Giambi. We offer our condolences to Jeanne, Jason, and his family and friends,” said the Oakland Athletics in a tweet.
Jeremy Giambi played six seasons in the majors with four teams — the Athletics, Phillies, Red Sox and Kansas City Royals. His final season in MLB was 2003.
The Red Sox tweeted Wednesday, “We mourn the loss of Jeremy Giambi, who spent six seasons in the major leagues, including 2003 with the Red Sox. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Giambi family.”
The Phillies posted a picture of Giambi. “The Phillies are saddened to hear the news about Jeremy Giambi’s tragic passing. Our condolences go out to his family during this very difficult time.”
Giambi’s most-remembered career moment was actually the highlight of another player’s. He was tagged out at the plate thanks to the famous Derek Jeter “Flip play,” turning the moment in the playoff series that the Yankees would go on to win after being down 0-2