Jason Giambi collects career hit 2,000

Leon Halip

Giambi's long career has finally brought him to the 2,000 hit club, and you can watch it happen in GIF form.

Jason Giambi has been around for a long time. He came up back in 1995 at the age of 24, and remained a full-time player until this decade, where he's mostly been a bat bench and occasional designated hitter for the Rockies and Indians. Even with the lessened playing time, though, Giambi was still able to reach a career milestone on Sunday, when he finally joined the 2,000 hit club.

Giambi, facing Latroy Hawkins -- who has also been in the majors since 1995 -- blooped a single into right field on the first pitch of the at-bat to become the 19th active player with 2,000 hits, and only the 246th to do so all-time. That might not sound impressive at first, but 12,307 different players since 1901 have collected at least one base knock in their career -- 2,000 isn't something that happens often in a relative sense. Players with 2,000 hits and 400 homers occur even less often, as Giambi is only the 45th player ever to pull that particular combination off.

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Considering that, after all this time, Giambi is still the owner of a career .519 slugging percentage and 140 OPS+, a bloop single for the last major milestone he'll reach in his career is, if not ironic, at least pretty baseball in nature.

Also baseball is Giambi remembering he's 42 years old, and that he's not getting to second base on a soft blooper, a realization that caused him to fall down and scamper back to first:

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