Jason Must Go

Okay. What we all thought has now been admitted in open court. And so we have the sad conclusion that Giambi is a liar and a cheat. Until now, we’ve given him the benefit of the doubt—innocence until proven guilt. And what of the Yankees? Are they guilt free? Well, not entirely—all of MLB, players and owners, bear some responsibility for this problem; the players for their abuse and their stonewalling, the owners for their tacit acceptance while all those power numbers drove their gates.

We sincerely hope Jason Giambi has played his last game in pinstripes, at least for the forseeable future. After he does his penance with the league, if he even must do any, some other squad should be welcome to pick him up. But having this man back as a Bomber in not an acceptable option. We sincerely hope the remainder of his contract can be voided. He has now made a fortune from the Yankees beyond what any of us mere mortals can imagine. That should be enough. Neither the team nor its fans should be forced to pay one more dime. Good bye.

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  • So it’s true – the 2003 Red Sox were beaten by a cheater! A “curse” always looks more believable when we don’t know that it’s been supplemented, literally, by a fraud and a cheat. I think YF is right about a few things here, namely the shared responsibility of the players and the owners, but where is his compassion? Didn’t the Yankees shepherd a hurting Daryl Strawberry back to the game when nobody would take a flyer? Don’t they owe the same compassion to an admitted drug user like Giambi? I sense a bit of blustery tough love here, and it doesn’t seem entirely fair, to be honest.

    SF December 2, 2004, 9:09 am
  • A good question is how many other players on how many other teams, Red Sox included, are guilty of what Giambi has done. I would shudder to know the truth, though it would likely do a lot of good to have this information, in the long run at least.

    SF December 2, 2004, 9:39 am
  • I’m not particularly upset at Giambi, at least not in any new sense. I always kinda assumed he’d taken something and figured his public denials as nothing but p.r.
    I agree with SF here – I think all the Giambi haters and fans who never really thought much of him will just be using this as ammunition.
    He’s a great hitter. Past steroid use aside, I hope he’s healthy and back playing well next year.

    Clay December 2, 2004, 11:27 am
  • Darryl Strawberry is a drug addict, and insofar as that is a disease, he is deserving of compassion, and we have no problem with the extra chances he’s received from the Yanks. Giambi has simply cheated by using steroids. To my knowledge, these are not addictive, and their use is not a disease. Inasmuch, the Yankees (and their fans) have absolutely no obligation to support him: his entire relationship with the team and its fans has been based on fraud. We’re willing to live with the players’ (and our nation’s) innocent-until-proven-guilty system, but once guilt is proven, we have no problem with tough justice.
    Only after Jason Giambi admits to his cheating and lying and then does pennance for it, whatever that might, should the Yankees (or any other team) entertain his return. We do believe in second chances, and forgiveness, but before that can happen, the guilty party must accept their guilt and pay a penalty. The idea that Jason Giambi should simply be accepted back into the fold is entirely unjustifiable.

    YF December 2, 2004, 7:44 pm
  • I am glad that YF is able to easily deconstruct the difference between drug addiction and steroid use in such an easily understandable manner – his background in medicine and pathology is well-documented, and he’s put it to good use here.
    But seriously, my gut is that YF has reduced the two different types of drug abuse to easily consumable and damnable or undamnable offenses. Reality is that each situation is unique, and that it’s just not fair to call Giambi a “cheater” and Strawberry an “addict”, and therefore qualify them as deserving of different justices without delving into greater scrutiny about how they came about using. The fact is that drug addiction (what Strawberry now suffers from) and drug abuse (which is what Giambi perpetrated) are worth looking at as societal problems as well as diseases, and the tone that YF takes with Giambi is dismissive of the greater complexities of drug abuse, but forgiving of Strawberry because he’s “sick”. If Strawberry was playing high at any point he was breaking the rules as well, so where does that leave us? Look at Ken Caminiti: was he a sick person who found steroids? Or a steroid user who became a crack user? Was Caminiti just a hellbound cheater? Or was he a vulnerable man who became very sick from using steroids (he cheated), and then became addicted to crack who more deserves our pity and forgiveness than scorn? It’s not fair to treat these cases as either/or situations.
    Giambi cheated, no doubt, under the rules of baseball, but it’s important to understand why he did what he did before he’s demonized so dismissively. I don’t think we know the total story yet, though we know much more than we did previously.

    SF December 2, 2004, 9:42 pm
  • Understanding and then addressing the causes of steriod/drug abuse is a fine goal, but will not relieve Giambi of his culpability. The comparison to Straw is deceptive. The drugs Straw took were addictive narcotics that degraded his performance. (As we are sadly reminded this week, when he appears for the first time on the HOF ballot.) Giambi took his drugs as part of an intentially designed program to cheat. Our intention is not to demonize anyone, and as stated, we believe an enlightened policy of forgiveness in all manners is just, but absolution does not come without a price.

    YF December 2, 2004, 10:24 pm
  • PS: Carlos Delgado would make a fine replacement.

    YF December 2, 2004, 10:26 pm
  • Jason brought this one on himself….
    The “Giambi Juice” Shirts are out…we need to sport these next year @ when we play the yanks…or whatever team he is with!

    sox fan December 3, 2004, 9:54 am

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