Players linked to steroids use need to follow Giambi's lead Dan Bickley
Aug. 14, 2005 12:00 AM
Baseball players need to find religion, if not the nearest confessional.
Their gods are angry.
Mark McGwire has been chopped down. Rafael "Pariah" Palmeiro is hiding behind his lawyer. Barry Bonds is in self-exile, biding his time while posting pictures of his knee on the Internet. And with a furious late-season charge, Sammy Sosa might actually hit 20 home runs this season.
No matter what the evidence says, they have all wounded the soul of baseball.
While they hide behind alibis, translators and the shield of their own union, the guilty are finally getting their due. Former players like Ryne Sandberg and Jack Morris are beginning to voice their displeasure. If Bonds ever resumes his chase of Ruth and Aaron, the mitt will really hit the fan.
Lest anyone doubt these are all karmic slaps from a high power, consider the fall and rise of Jason Giambi.
Among the usual suspects, he is the only one that admitted using steroids, sort of. His apology was sincere, even if an attorney censored his words. Everyone knew what Giambi was saying, and after paying his penance, the truth has set him free.
Entering the weekend, Giambi had 21 home runs, 68 walks and led the American League in on-base percentage.
It proves that, among thieves, even a little honor can go a long way.