SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 28: Ramon Hernandez #55 of the Colorado Rockies poses for a portrait during spring training photo day at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on February 28, 2012 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
As the A's honor the 2002 squad this weekend, I thought it would be worthwhile to see where the members of that team are now.
The Opening Day Starters:
LF Jeremy Giambi — Yes, Jeremy Giambi was Oakland's Opening Day leadoff hitter. No, I don't recommend Googling Jeremy Giambi. I couldn't find much about Giambi's whereabouts now, but he's standing in the background of this YouTube clip while his wife talks about their thoroughbred. You can also book him for speaking engagements. The bio on that website leaves much to be desired. If they had OJ Simpson as a speaker, I think it would say that he's a former Heisman Trophy winner who now spends his days with his peers in Lovelock, Nevada.
2B Randy Velarde — So far, two for two on PED guys. Velarde testified last year that he received HGH from Barry Bonds' former trainer. According to Wikipedia (but no source), Velarde is living in Midland, Texas.
DH Scott Hatteberg — Brad Pitt must've missed Jonah Hill's text after, "Peña at first?" ... "It's OK, Billy. Hatteberg is the DH." Hatteberg is now a special assistant for the A's baseball operations department, an occasional commentator for Comcast SportsNet, and a bobblehead.
RF David Justice — After retiring, Justice became a commentator for ESPN and later YES Network. Though he's no longer apparently doing that, he is still making the rounds and doing charitable things like this.
3B Eric Chavez — Filling in for the injured Alex Rodriguez, Chavez is enjoying his best year since 2006 — batting .302 with 13 home runs and contributing 1.4 fWAR for the Yankees.
SS Miguel Tejada — Tejada signed a minor league deal with Baltimore, but was released in June after hitting .259 with no home runs for AAA-Norfolk.
CF Terrence Long — Long, who spent some time in the booth Friday night, is enjoying the retired life of coaching his sons and fishing.
C Ramon Hernandez — Like Chavez, Hernandez is still in the majors. He's hitting .216 in a backup catcher role for Colorado.
1B Carlos Peña — After enjoying a fair season with Chicago last season, Peña has crashed back to Earth this year with Tampa Bay, hitting .192.
Oakland takes on Cleveland in game two of a three-game series. Bartolo Colon takes the hill for the A's; Corey Kluber for the Indians. 6:05 p.m.
SP Ted Lilly — Rehabbing shoulder soreness in the minors for the Dodgers.
SP Aaron Harang — 8-7, 3.76 for the Dodgers.
2B Mark Ellis — Hitting .265 for the Dodgers.
OF Adam Piatt — Last seen being arrested in 2009 on drug charges.
OF/1B John Mabry — Now the Cardinals' assistant hitting coach.
RP Chad Bradford — An assistant coach for Hinds Community College's baseball team in Raymond, Miss.
OF Eric Byrnes — Byrnes is an analyst for KNBR and MLB Network.
C Greg Myers — Myers returned to his alma mater, Riverside Poly High School, to coach baseball.
IF Frank Menechino — Coaching for the Yankees' AAA affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
OF Mike Colangelo — Manages a baseball academy in Virginia.
SP Cory Lidle — RIP
RP Billy Koch — Koch's career was largely ended because of a mysterious disease — Morgellons — that resulted in muscle twitching and dark marks on the skin. In 2009, Koch was arrested after bashing a neighbor's car with a bat. Can't find much recent news.
RP Jim Mecir — Now a pitching coach and motivational speaker. He was probably one of my favorite players from that team. He just seemed like a great guy.
RP Jeff Tam — Head coach of Brevard Community College's baseball team and the director of intramurals.
RP Mike Venafro — Currently a scout for the San Diego Padres, working for fellow former Athletic AJ Hinch.
RP Ricardo Rincon — I sadly could not find anything about Ricardo Rincon and what he's currently doing.
RP Mike Holtz — Opened a baseball training facility in Pennsylvania.