Jason Giambi on Astros Scandal: 'It's No Different Than the PEDs'

John Healy
May 03, 2020 - 12:03 pm

Former New York Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi became one of the faces of cheating in baseball during the Steroid Era, and now he is weighing in on baseball’s most recent scandal.

Giambi went on SNY’s ‘Baseball Night in New York’ and spoke about the cheating culture of baseball, likening the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal to performance-enhancing drugs.

“Everybody is always looking for an advantage,” Giambi said on SNY. “It’s no different than the PEDs. There’s always going to be things going on in this game when you’re talking about people making a lot of money and wanting to win.”

Giambi was embroiled in MLB’s BALCO scandal at the height of the Steroid Era in 2004. The former first baseman apologized, although did not explicitly state he used steroids, during a press conference with the Yankees in 2005. He later came forward with a more direct and sincere apology in 2007, which allowed fans to be more forgiving toward him.

Part of the animosity toward the Astros earlier this spring was that many did not believe their apology to be sincere after players escaped discipline from the league.

Giambi said that earning forgiveness from the fans allowed him some peace of mind.

“I sleep at night great,” Giambi said. “I don’t have to worry about it. The biggest thing that came out of it is I created a whole new set of fans who first game me a second change, but also I don’t know how many parents I run into that say, ‘Hey, thank you so much for coming forward where I can tell my children if they make a mistake to tell the truth.’ I think that’s the biggest thing that came out of that, and I think that’s what helped me be embraced for the second time around. It was because of that situation.”

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