It’s A Bad Day for 1997 MLB All Stars

Justin August 7, 2009 0

Tomorrow morning’s transactions column will feature a couple of big names. Both John Smoltz and Jason Giambi have been given their walking papers, possibly signaling the end to a pair of decorated careers.

Jason Giambi of the Oakland Athletics poses during photo day at the Athletics spring training complex on February 22, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jason Giambi

But, when you read coverage about it tomorrow, chances are, that’s where the similarities will end. 

Baseball writers love John Smoltz. They always have. He’s their age, and he played golf, and he was always happy to talk to them. So, when a member of the BBWA sits down tonight to sum up Smoltz’s career, his first line will go something like this:

“John Smoltz, the consummate warrior who battled back from injury time and again, was let go by the Boston Red Sox Friday. Despite a valient effort to get one last great year out of his powerful right arm, the veteran struggled through a handful of starts before the franchise decided to cut him.”

 Now, the same writer will sit down and write about Jason Giambi, who was as nice a guy as Smoltz, but didn’t go out of his way to become every reporters best friend:

“The A’s released Jason Giambi Friday. The former slugger, and admitted steroid cheat, struggled all season, batting less than .200, after returning to Oakland after 7 star-crossed years in New York.”

My point? I’m not entirely sure. But something about it bothers me.

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