Baseball will finally investigate steroid use by its slugging superstars in the wake of two books accusing Barry Bonds.
Jason Giambi of the New York Yankees is one the two most prominent steroid suspects outside of Barry Bonds. He is also the only one who reportedly admitted to the grand jury, in exchange for immunity, that he had used steroids, and the only player to even approach an on-the-record confession.
KEITH OLBERMANN, HOST, "COUNTDOWN": What is your reaction to the announcement of the baseball probe?
JASON GIAMBI, SLUGGER, NEW YORK YANKEES: To be honest with you, this is the first I’ve heard of it. You know, I’ve just been packing my house, getting ready to get out of Tampa. So, I’m not really worried about it. I’d get all the things I need to do in the past, and I’ve gone forward. And, you know, the best I can do is just get ready for the season and not worry about it.
OLBERMANN: When something like this is announced, you think about it, whether it’s in politics or baseball or wherever else, and you think, What are they looking to find out? What are the answers they’re trying to see? How far-ranging is it going it be? If you were deciding what would go into an investigation that would be fair and actually produce results that would be positive for the game and the players, what would you do?
GIAMBI: I mean, I guess that’s probably the best question. Like I said, this is all news to me. So I don’t know where they’re going to start, or what they’re even going to look at, to be honest with you.
The best thing is, you know, I handled the situation the way I needed to, and got myself ready for last year’s season, and I’ve kind of done the same this year. You know, I’ve moved on and moved past and moved forward.
So until somebody gives me a call, I really don’t know what’s going on, or even what they’re going to get a look at.
OLBERMANN: You apologized very publicly and movingly, I might add, last year, obviously staying away from certain words that would have changed the nature of the conversation a little bit. Since you’re the only guy who’s done anything like that, said anything like that, do you worry that you might have put yourself unknowingly in a kind of dangerous position, because you said you were sorry for something, while everybody else said, No comment?
GIAMBI: You know, I haven’t really thought of it that way. I just needed to do what was best for Jason. And that’s the way I looked at it in my context, and not really worried about anybody else. Like I said, I mean, all those guys are great guys. And I had to do what I had to do to go forward, to get myself ready for a baseball season.
And that’s what I kind of looked into, and said, you know, this is what I need to do that’s going to be best for me. And I look at it now, I have no regrets. I’ve done it the right way that I needed to go, and, like I said, just trying to concentrating on baseball now.
OLBERMANN: How do you do that? You’ve been through this now before, where another subject besides baseball has been something people have been asking you questions about on a daily basis. As you look ahead to this season, obviously they’re going to have an investigation. What little we know of it says players who might be investigated will continue to play, which presumably means that all this will go on while you’re trying to play baseball, and people will be asking you questions, and things may leak out.
What do you do personally to build that wall between all that and everything between the lines?
GIAMBI: Well, I guess the biggest thing is, I really don’t have much more about myself that could really get much more out there, to be honest with you. I mean, if people really want to get into the investigation, they got to start at, how was the grand jury leaked, you know, from there?
So, I mean, that would probably be a start for them to go in the broader spectrum of things. But like I said, there’s really not much anywhere anybody can go with me, because like I said, I just did what I had to do. I concentrated on baseball, and I played out the season, and just have gone forward.
OLBERMANN: Thanks, Jason.
GIAMBI: Thank you. I appreciate it. Always a pleasure.