I’ve always liked the G-Man, and I will. I praised his decision to return to his roots, per-se, in Oakland. He is a good player who was caught up in all the hoopla involving steroids and while he never directly admitted steroids, he confessed something.
Two days ago, Bob Klapisch wrote a piece about how Giambi will be forever grateful to Derek Jeter for the support he gave him.
“I’ll thank Derek until the day I die,” Giambi was saying Thursday. “What he did for me, after what I’d been through, made it possible for me to keep playing in New York. The fans forgave me because of Derek. I’ll never forget that for the rest of my life.”
I guess Giambi is alluding to the fact that Jeter has been on his side ever since the admission and pretty much told the front office not to let Giambi go. That’s a good mark of a leader.
However, there is this other part of the Klapisch article that I vehemently do not like.
Unlike A-Rod, who’s had two chances to come clean (and still hasn’t), Giambi called a news conference before the start of spring training in 2005 and confessed. His words were measured — he never used the term “steroids” — but at least there was no blame assigned to a mysterious third party.
While I generally think that Klapisch illustrated an accurate picture of Giambi’s tenure with the Yankees, I don’t like how he compared the situation to A-Rod’s. This is an attack that serves no purpose and is grounded in nothing more than unhealthy skepticism. And the way Klapisch writes, skepticm in that A-Rod did not tell the entire truth. In reality, A-Rod confessed to more details than Giambi did, and he gets more scrutiny.