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Thursday, December 02, 2004


JASON GIAMBI: I TOOK STEROIDS 

Jeremy Giambi admitted he also took steroids because his brother Jason "didn't die"


The New York Yankees' Jason Giambi, front, and his brother Jeremy, who played with the Boston Red Sox in 2003, arrive at the federal building Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003, in San Francisco to testify before a grand jury in an investigation of the BALCO sports lab. Chronicle photo by Frederic Larson

The San Francisco Chronicle broke the story that Jason Giambi and his brother Jeremy admitted taking steroids. Jason Giambi said he had used several different steroids obtained from Greg Anderson, weight trainer for San Francisco Giants star Barry Bonds.

This story was going to come out sooner or later and it is good for baseball. Many people who run Major League Baseball have hoped that they could keep the lid on the story but prosecutors and law enforcement officials have to be commended for pursuing the BALCO cheaters and law breakers. Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has allowed baseball players to destroy their bodies through steroids in order to boost revenue and increase profits. Selig presided over the disastrous 1994 strikes and relied on juiced balls and juiced ball players to bring fans back to the seats.

Shame on the players who cheated, the owners who knowingly winked at the wrong-doing, the executives who ignored the problem, the union officials who tacitly condoned steroids and the fans who thought it was no big deal. Steroids is a big deal on so many levels and now kids will see how talent ball players risked and ruined their own lives.

San Francisco Chronicle: New York Yankees star Jason Giambi told a federal grand jury that he had injected himself with human growth hormone during the 2003 baseball season and had started using steroids at least two years earlier, The Chronicle has learned.
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Jason Giambi hit 94 home runs in three seasons with the Yankees. But he played in fewer than half the team's games this year, reportedly ill with an intestinal parasite and a benign tumor on his pituitary gland. His ties to BALCO fueled speculation that his illness was related to steroid use, but he told reporters in August that there was no connection.
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"For all I knew, it could have been baby lotion," Jeremy Giambi told the grand jury. Jeremy Giambi, 30, also told the grand jury that he had taken several different-colored pills provided by Anderson even though he didn't know what they were. Nedrow asked Jeremy Giambi why he trusted Anderson.

"I don't know, I guess -- I mean, you're right," Jeremy Giambi testified. "I probably shouldn't have trusted the guy. But I just felt like, you know, what he had done for Barry and, you know, I didn't think the guy would send me something that was, you know, Drano or something, you know, I mean, I hope he wouldn't."

Nedrow suggested Jeremy Giambi probably also trusted Anderson's drugs because his brother had taken them, too. Said Jeremy: "Yeah, and Jason didn't die."


SF Chronicle: Giambi admitted taking steroids

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