Swing and a Miss
Kevin Salwen on Culture
Sometimes the world of sports can be downright amusing -- and other times downright painful to watch. This week was both. On Thursday, superstar first baseman Jason Giambi of the New York Yankees met with the media to tell all -- ok, just some -- of what he knows about the steroid scandal that is threatening to engulf the sport. Consider this report by the Associated Press under the headline: 'Giambi Apologizes -- But Won't Say For What.'
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jason Giambi twiddled his thumbs, crossed his legs and fidgeted in his chair.
He said he was sorry five times. He apologized three times.
To the New York Yankees. To his teammates. To the fans.
But he never said why. And he never talked about using steroids, never mentioned the word.
Giambi came to Yankee Stadium on Thursday to make his first public comments since it was reported in December that he'd told a federal grand jury in 2003 that he took steroids for at least three seasons.
'When I went into that grand jury, I told the truth,'' he said.
But that's about as far as he went, despite repeated prodding.
Baseball is getting tested in the same way Johnson & Johnson was with Tylenol, Tyco was with Dennis Koslowski, WorldCom was with Bernie Ebbers, etc. How it is handled from here by the players and by the league will tell us a lot. Giambi appears to be off to an iffy start.