Yesterday Jason Giambi, now of the Oakland Athletics has admitted he was hurtful about some of the things Torre said in the book. He interviewed with Lisa Guerrero.
“It’s definitely hurtful,” he told me. “When you play together that long, you’re family. There’s a certain trust involved. We were always like ‘keep everything in-house, especially in New York with that media.’ I was surprised to hear that he was writing a book … he meant so much to that town. But from his point of view you can respect it. He had to get things off his chest,” referring to Torre’s bitter exit from the Yankees.
…Torre writes that he was against signing Giambi because he saw him as a “defensive liability,” it is Verducci who recounts his issue of performance-enhancing drugs that the five-time All-Star later apologized for.
Giambi doesn’t seemed bothered by Torre’s comments about him. “I’m OK with it. I knew what my job was. I came to New York to drive in runs.”
Then Giambi weights in on the A-Fraud reference…
He also thinks Torre’s now infamous “A-Fraud” reference about Alex Rodriguez was meant to be, as the manager describes it, “tongue-in-cheek,” rather than mean-spirited.
“Alex is the best player in the game,” Giambi said. “People gravitate towards negativity with him because that’s the only way you hold somebody down who’s that good.”
Nevertheless, Giambi still respects Torre.
“Look, he’s a great manager, he really is. I haven’t talked to Joe about the book yet … someday.”
I’ll always appreciate the G-Man for his efforts and his confession. (Take that, McGwire and Clemens). He’s a good guy. Him and his golden thong.