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|Jason Giambi Comes Clean|
|Tom Candiotti's Take|
Published reports indicate that Giambi used steroids before his MVP season in 2000 and also after, but I didn't see anything unusual when I played with him.
If I knew for sure a teammate was using steroids, that would be a tough spot to be in. It would be hard to report a teammate, because then you'd be ratting him out, and no one wants a rat on his team. But I believe I would've had the responsibility of talking to that teammate and trying to convince him to stop.
Giambi was always a big guy, but he wasn't a sculpted figure like a Gary Sheffield. It looked to me like his challenge had more to do with his diet and keeping off the pounds than bulking up with steroids.
In fact, Giambi would eat a Big Mac before just about every game. He'd send the clubhouse guy to McDonald's — it would drive his personal trainer crazy!
Giambi was a great teammate. He was outgoing and fun-loving, and he always had a positive attitude. He was hilarious. He really enjoyed playing the game. Even after a tough loss, he could say something that would ease the tension. He was a joy to be around.
I don't know if he's the same in the Yankee clubhouse. It's tough compare playing for a small-market team like Oakland that at the time had very low expectations to playing in New York where the mindset is win the World Series or else.
That, together with the rough season he just went through, might take the fun out of it.
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|Jason Giambi was the AL MVP in 2000 with the Athletics.|