NEW YORK (AP) -The commissioner's office and the players' association have held discussions about setting up a meeting with Jason Giambi to discuss his reported comments about steroids last week, but nothing was firmed up Monday.
``I was wrong for doing that stuff,'' the New York Yankees designated hitter was quoted as saying in Friday's editions of USA Today, which some have interpreted as an admission of steroids use.
Baseball management and the union didn't agree to ban steroids until late in the 2002 season, and it would be difficult for baseball to penalize a player for use of performance-enhancing substances before that agreement. It is unclear what, if anything, Giambi would say to baseball officials. His agent, Arn Tellem, declined comment.
``What we should have done a long time ago was stand up - players, ownership, everybody - and said: 'We made a mistake,''' Giambi was quoted as saying. ``We should have apologized back then and made sure we had a rule in place and gone forward. ... Steroids and all of that was a part of history. But it was a topic that everybody wanted to avoid. Nobody wanted to talk about it.''
Giambi snapped a 1-for-26 slide with an upper-deck homer Monday night in New York's 6-2 victory over Boston. He made his first start since last Thursday. Giambi has been bothered by a sore left foot lately, but said he's feeling better since getting new orthotics.
After the game, Giambi said he enjoyed getting on the field and putting aside any possible distractions.
``Just play baseball and worry about that,'' he said.
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