Baseball

Jeremy Giambi admits to using steroids: newspaper

Amid the steroid scandal that has dominated Major League Baseball of late, Jeremy Giambi reportedly is the first active player to admit using steroids.

According to the Kansas City Star, Giambi, the younger brother of New York Yankees slugger Jason Giambi, recently acknowledged that he knowingly used steroids during his playing days.

"It's something I did," Jeremy Giambi told the newspaper.

"I apologize. I made a mistake.

"I moved on. I kind of want it in the past."

Giambi did not specify whether his older brother used steroids. But he did make mention of the news conference Jason held in New York, where he continually apologized for something without saying what he was apologizing for.

"If you don't know what he's apologizing for," Jeremy Giambi added, "you must've been in a coma for two years."

Jason Giambi, along with Sammy Sosa, Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, Frank Thomas, Rafael Palmeiro and Curt Schilling among others, have received subpoenas to testify March 17 before the U.S. House Government Reform Committee investigating baseball's steroid policy.

Jeremy Giambi, who started his career with the Kansas City Royals as a sixth-round draft choice in 1996, signed a contract with the Chicago White Sox with an invitation to spring training, but it is yet to be known if the once promising outfielder will make the club.

"Getting back to the big leagues ... when you get there, you don't want it to get taken away," Jeremy went on to tell the paper.

In his first full campaign with the Royals, Jeremy batted .285, while driving in 34 runs in 90 games. The following season, though, he was traded to Oakland, where he was reunited with Jason.

The first year the two played together, Jason captured the American League Most Valuable Player Award in 2001, while Jeremy put up the best offensive numbers of his career. He had 50 runs batted in with 10 home runs in 2000 and then drove in 57 runs with 12 homers the following season.

However, Jeremy was dealt to the Philadelphia Phillies in mid-season of 2002 where he toiled for half a season. He then spent the 2003 campaign with the Boston Red Sox before he was out of baseball the following year.

with files from CP Online

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