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Byline: Eric Gilmore
OAKLAND, Calif. _ When New York Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi came to Oakland on May 13 to face his former A's team, he was playing a personal game of how low can you go.
Giambi was hitting .198 at the time. He had gone 14 games without a home run. Four years after being the American League's MVP in his final season with the A's, Giambi was facing pressure from his team to go to the minor leagues.
All that came on the heels of the worst season of his major-league career.
What's more, news off the field was even worse for Giambi. His grand jury testimony in the BALCO case in which he admitted using steroids had been leaked to the press during the offseason.
That prompted a very public and embarrassing mea culpa before the season that lacked only Giambi acknowledging specifically what he was apologizing for. …