There's a story in Whitey Herzog's excellent book You're Missin' a Great Game, in which Whitey encounters Bob Horner in the dugout before Opening day in 1988 when he should have been out taking infield. Herzog asked why he wasn't on the field. "He looks up at me, blinks like an old frog on a lily pad and says, 'I'm tired.' A hundred and sixty-two games left to play and the man is gassed!"
After seven innings against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, Jason Giambi had to tell A's manager Bob Geren his tank was running on empty. Giambi, 38, already had legged out an infield single and sprinted after a foul ball that landed just out of his sliding reach.
"I told Bobby, '(The legs) are dead'," Giambi said.
In the A's home-opener on Friday night, Giambi ran all the way to third after he hit a slow ground ball to pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith, whose errant throw went past first base and down the right field line.
"This is way too much running for me," Giambi said. "This is a little out of control for me. This is way too much running this early in the year."
I guess it's unfair to compare Giambi and Horner, though. I mean, Giambi only has one hundred and fifty-six games left, so it's understandable that he's a bit more tired.