May 22, 2007
Steroid story won't go away
By JODY VANCE -- Sun Media
The steroid plot thickens in the MLB.
As fans fill up on peanuts, popcorn and overpriced beer in the park, very few are dwelling on the steroid scandal that has hung over this sport for the last four years. The faithful sit blissfully unaware that the ugly story is far from complete.
In the dark clubhouse corners, the murmurs continue that the MLB day of reckoning is near for those who dipped their toes, or even dove headlong, into the performance-enhancing pool.
Some might call it ironic that it is Yankee slugger Jason Giambi, not Barry Bonds of the Giants, who once again finds himself standing at the centre of the steroid spotlight. They'd be right had it not been Giambi himself who is responsible for this new buzz around his steroid history.
Obviously his own worst enemy, Giambi seems to have no clue as to when he should or should not speak on the topic. Perhaps he just couldn't help himself when USA Today came calling, because once he began his "on the record" discussion, the floodgates opened.
Giambi famously apologized, in very general terms, at a news conference prior to spring training 2005 -- never confirming or denying use of the juice. Well, last week he came perilously close to coming completely clean about playing dirty.
Quoted as saying how "wrong" he was "for doing that stuff," Giambi added, "What we should have done a long time ago was stand up -- players, ownership, everybody -- and said, 'we made a mistake.'"
Not only did Giambi call out everyone associated with Major League Baseball he did all but outright admit he used. "That stuff didn't help me hit home runs. I don't care what people say, nothing is going to give you that gift of hitting a baseball."
I almost feel a little sorry for this guy; he seems to have had no clue about the can of worms he re-opened.
The Yankees have little sympathy. New York general manager Brian Cashman says he does not appreciate the implication that the league owes fans an apology -- and expects the commissioner's office to be looking into this.
This could get very ugly for Jason. Reports out of New York this week have the Yanks considering terminating Giambi's deal if it is determined he used steroids.
Stay tuned ... this Major League movie is far from over.