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Jason Giambi enters history with walk-off shot

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Jason Giambi carried the Cleveland Indians to victory over Chicago on Monday night, managing to get himself into the record books in the process.

The 42-year-old veteran batter hit a stunning walk-off shot to seal a 3-2 win for the Indians, becoming the oldest player in history to do so.

The previous record had been held by Hank Aaron after his game-winning smasher in 1976, but Giambi's effort knocked that entry well and truly out of the ball park.

Giambi said of his winning hit: "I wasn't trying to do too much.

"I just wanted to see it and kind of hit it. I got a pitch up in the strike zone and ended up catching up to it."

The coach of the Chicago White Sox, who was at the wrong end of Giambi's record breaking swing, said: "He's been doing that for a while.

"He's over there for a reason."

Giambi now lays claim to seven home runs and 24 RBIs in 124 at-bats, with 436 career 'homers' on his record.

Indians' manager Terry Francona was quick to praise Giambi, saying: "I keep trying to say how I feel about him, and I just don't feel like I ever quite get there. That's how valuable I feel like he is to our team."

He did add however that it was an entire team-effort: "We made some mistakes. But it didn't cost us the ballgame, because guys picked each other up. That's huge."


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