Jason Giambi has been closely following the Alex Rodriguez-vigil from 2,500 miles away, safely embedded in the A’s hysteria-free universe. After seven years in the Bronx, Giambi says returning to his Oakland roots is like coming home to a soft, feathery bed.If you don't remember Jeter said at the time that, “When you’re a team, everyone is one family. We’re going to be there to support [Giambi] because he’s one of us.”
Still, Giambi is a Yankee emeritus, which means he’s in sync with every last detail of A-Rod’s fall from grace — if only because it mirrored his. Both sluggers were exposed as steroid users, both confessed (to some degree) and both were publicly rescued by Derek Jeter.
Well, at least Giambi was, and he’s not ashamed to say it was Jeter who saved his Yankee career.
“I’ll thank Derek until the day I die,” Giambi was saying Thursday. “What he did for me, after what I’d been through, made it possible for me to keep playing in New York. The fans forgave me because of Derek. I’ll never forget that for the rest of my life.”
Klapisch goes on to point out the difference between how Jeter defended Giambi and A-Rod:
What's your take, is there a major difference in how Jeter defended A-Rod compared to he stood by Giambi four years ago?
Much has been made about Jeter’s tepid support of A-Rod, a syringe-user who stands only a few feet to the shortstop’s right. It took the captain two weeks to issue a pardon to Rodriguez, but nevertheless made sure to drive home the following point: I’m not like him.
If you think that’s just Jeter’s way, self-contained and understated, remember how wide a berth he created for Giambi after the first baseman testified at the BALCO grand jury after the 2004 season.
Giambi returned to New York in shame; the Yankees explored ways to get out of the remainder of the $125 million contract. But Jeter was undeterred. He likened Giambi to a brother who deserved a second chance.
Personally I think there is a difference but not enough that should create a controversy.
Anyway, back to the aritcle... Here's Giambi's take on how A-Rod has handled his steroid situation:
“Alex did OK,” Giambi said finally. “The hard part is saying you did it, so at least that’s over for him.”
But did Rodriguez tell the whole truth? Giambi winced, as if to say: please don’t ask me that.