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Jason Giambi

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He's the reigning AL MVP and one of the most colorful guys in baseball. By next spring, he'll also be one of the highest-paid players in the game after he cashes in on free agency.

Jeremy and Jason Giambi
Jason Giambi, right, says his brother, Jeremy, gets his room and board "on scholarship."
For now, however, Oakland A's first basemen Jason Giambi is focused on some real high heat as he digs in for Page 2's 10 Burning Questions.

1. Page 2: Your brother, Jeremy, lives with you. How much rent does he pay?
Giambi: He's on scholarship. He's not just my brother, he's my best friend. Especially in this lifestyle, it takes the pressure off to have someone around like him.

1a. Who cleans the toilet?
Giambi: We pay someone to come in and do that.

2. When you appeared in GQ, did your parents ask for a photo and say "You look soooo good, Jason. Why don't you dress like this more often?"
Giambi: No, they know me. They were more like, "You've got to be kidding me -- the guy put a suit on?" I actually own a lot of suits, but I'm just more of jeans and T-shirt guy.

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Giambi, with his fiancée at the 2001 ESPYs, says he actually owns "a lot of suits."
2a. What do they think about your tattoo?
Giambi: When they first saw it they were like, "Are you sure you know what you're doing?" But they got used to it.

3. You're a California native. Who is responsible for the energy crisis there?
Giambi: Definitely the energy companies. They weren't making enough money so they said, "We'll give them a really big price increase."

4. Should people be allowed to use cell phones when they drive?
Giambi: Hell, no. Not the way most idiots drive with them around here. But I'm probably the biggest culprit there is. My phone never stops ringing.

5. Which baserunner yaks the most at first base?
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Carlos Delgado and Giambi: "Check out that girl in the third row."
Giambi: The guy I enjoy talking to most is Brady Anderson. We'll talk about anything and everything -- him and Carlos Delgado. We talk the whole time they're out there. "How are you doing?" "Check out the girl in the third row." There's never a quiet moment.

6. Which superpower would you want most: the strength of 100 men, the ability to fly, turn invisible or shoot fire out your rear end?
Giambi: I think I can already do the last one. Probably the strength of 100 men.

6a. You're about the first one to say that. Almost everyone else picks invisible.
Giambi: No, strength is more practical. It would be such an advantage in this game.

7. There is a rumor that the Angels will be bought out by the league, and the Athletics would move to Anaheim. Should Disneyland be included as part of the deal?
Giambi: I don't get that. The problem in Anaheim, as I understand it, is that they're not drawing enough fans, and that's the same problem we have in Oakland. I don't think that problem will get solved just by moving us to the same place.

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Giambi says he could make very good use of a little extra strength.
8. What's your favorite movie?
Giambi: "The Outlaw Josey Wales." When I was a kid, my dad watched that all the time, and I would sit and watch it with him.

9. Which four people, living or dead, would you invite to dinner?
Giambi: Definitely the Babe would be up there. He would make for a great party. Mickey Mantle. I'd like to see my grandfather again, too. And my brother. That would be a hell of a party. We wouldn't have enough alcohol.

10. Under penalty of having the CIA rip off your tattoo if you're wrong, will you be in Oakland next year?
Giambi: I don't know. I really don't.

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