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"I really thought about it and if Walt had gotten more than a year on his contract maybe it would have been different. But I felt that he needed to get a foothold and have total focus and commitment from the guys," Giambi said in a phone interview Tuesday. "He really deserves it. If the team doesn't start out the way they want, and I am in the background looming, it could be a PR nightmare. I am not that kind of human being. I want Walt and the Rockies to do well and get things turned around."
"I have no idea what I am going to do next," Giambi said.
"Someday I would love to have that job working with hitters. Or even more. I just have too much respect for Walt. The timing wasn't right. I didn't want guys running to me because I was their teammate before and tight with them," Giambi said. "Remember when I was a young kid with the A's, Walt was the man, a guy the minor-leaguers looked up to for his work ethic and hard-nose style of play. I didn't want to create a situation that was uncomfortable. I want Walt and his staff to have every opportunity to succeed."
That quote makes me even more disappointed that Giambi didn't get the manager's job.
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