December 2, 2004


Giambi Reportedly Testified He Used Steroids (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, 12/02/04)

New York Yankees slugger Jason Giambi injected himself with human growth hormone in 2003 and used steroids for at least three seasons, according to his grand jury testimony that was reviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle.

The testimony given in December 2003 to the federal grand jury investigating BALCO contradicts Giambi's public proclamations that he never used performance-enhancing drugs. [...]

Giambi described to grand jurors how he injected hGH in his stomach, testosterone into his buttocks, rubbed an undetectable steroid knows as ``the cream'' on his body and placed drops of another, called ``the clear,'' under his tongue, the Chronicle reported Thursday.

Giambi testified that he obtained several different steroids from Barry Bonds' personal trainer, Greg Anderson, one of four men indicted by the grand jury probing the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative. He said he got the hGH from a gym in Las Vegas.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 2, 2004 1:27 PM

Arrogant Yankees fans like myself know that Standard Oil wasn't always on the up-and-up either. That's the fun part about getting to make the rules.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at December 2, 2004 1:44 PM

Bodybuilding and Track & Field are switching to designer and one-off 'roids that don't show up on the gas-spectrometer library. I'm surprised Human Growth Hormone (HGH) isn't more widespread - it's hard to test for, and yields some performance bonuses.

Come to think of it, how do I know it isn't widepread?!

Posted by: Bruce Cleaver at December 2, 2004 2:49 PM


Ben & Jerry's used to say it contained no rBGH. But kids from the UNH dairy program and wherever would ask how they could tell the rBGH from naturally occuring. Now they just say they buy from dairies that promise not to use rBGH.

Posted by: oj at December 2, 2004 2:56 PM

It's amazing that Barry Bonds' trainer apparently gave steroids to just about everyone in the San Francisco and Oakland phone books, and maybe was even handing them out to a few folks in Saucilito as well at the Golden Gate toll booths, but none of the drugs allegedly ever made their way to Mr. Bonds. (Of course, if that turns out not to be the case, I would think Barry would be having second thoughts about the effects of the drug, especially with the death at a relatively young age of his father last year. It may not have been steriod-related, but you would think it would give him some pause about his own mortality.)

Posted by: John at December 2, 2004 3:09 PM

How do these guys know if "the clear" wasn't just Brylcreem?

Posted by: ratbert at December 2, 2004 3:14 PM

John wrote:

"..but you would think it would give him some pause about his own mortality."

You may recall a generation ago there was an infamous survey of elite Olympic athletes, the vast majority of whom said they would take a pill that would kill them in a short time (2 years?) if it enabled them to be victorious in their sport.

Posted by: Bruce Cleaver at December 2, 2004 3:15 PM

I remember seeing Giambi at press conferences last year. He looked like they had stuck a pin in him and he was going limp.

Normally, I could not give a damn about steroid use and athletics, but there is one serious issue. If steroid use becomes prevalent, everyone, whether they want to or not, will have to use them just to keep up and that is a reckless endangerment of these people's lives for no good reason.

Posted by: Bart at December 2, 2004 4:11 PM

I know of a person who was into bodybuilding and a steroid user. He ended up growing breasts and lactating.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at December 2, 2004 4:49 PM


Eric Roberts?

Posted by: oj at December 2, 2004 5:51 PM

He must have increased the dose: he just gave birth to twins.

Posted by: ratbert at December 2, 2004 7:50 PM


Posted by: oj at December 2, 2004 8:00 PM

OJ: stop it, I'm dyin' here.

Posted by: John Resnick at December 2, 2004 8:48 PM

No, I have no acquaintance with the Roberts continuum.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at December 2, 2004 9:02 PM

Barry Bonds may actually be clean. Giambi spent all last year on the DL, apparentley he was growing a second head inside his gut.

Did the fact that no major leagure hit 50 hrs last year have anything to do with the BALCO grand jury?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at December 3, 2004 12:32 AM

Giambi and Jeff Bagwell were pretty clearly half the men they used to be this spring. Bonds hasn't shrunk, and may even still be growing, probably because he's insanely megalomaniacal enough to think that 1) he can't get caught, and 2) if caught, no one would dare do anything to him.

Posted by: brian at December 3, 2004 1:40 AM