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Report: Roger Clemens and Jason Giambi Drank Beer in the Dugout

As if we needed further confirmation that the Boston Red Sox aren’t the only team that has beer in its clubhouse, we now have reason to believe their biggest rivals have a history of imbibing as well.  Since the original report surfaced that the Sox starting pitchers drank and ate fast food during games this season, there has been a massive domino effect.  For the most part, the fans are outraged while the players insist having a few beers during the game is part of life in the MLB.

A.J. Pierzynski admitted players need a “rally beer” sometimes while Jack McKeon said he’s always had to lock the clubhouse to keep certain pitchers from heading in for a drink on days they aren’t starting.  On Thursday morning, the NY Daily News cited baseball insider sources who say Roger Clemens and Jason Giambi routinely drank beer in the dugout — something the Red Sox have vehemently denied ever having done.

According to one of the insiders, Jason Giambi and Roger Clemens would routinely drink beer on the dugout bench when they played for the Yankees, passing back and forth what Giambi called his “protein shake,” code for a cup of beer, the source said.

And they weren’t the only ones who partook. “Rally beers are big in the clubhouse,” one insider said. “Guys would drink them all the time, on the bench, in the clubhouse, in the training room. It’s common.”

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Troy Tulowitzki and Jason Giambi go to Justin Bieber’s Movie, See Luis Gonzalez

You read that right — Colorado Rockies players Troy Tulowitzki and Jason Giambi had some free time during Spring Training in Scottsdale, Arizona and decided to hit the theater. They did exactly what any typical bulky, muscular, All-American tough-guy ballplayers would do … watch Justin Bieber’s movie, Never Say Never.

But that’s not all — The Denver Post says Tulo and Giambino ran into former roider Diamondbacks outfielder Luis Gonzalez at the theater.

See, Gonzo I could picture heading out to Bieber’s movie. He seems like a sweet, family type of guy who would find a chick flick charming. Tulo we already knew is a Miley Cyrus fan, so hearing he went to see the Biebs’ movie is no surprise. But Giambi? The Rick Vaughn of the Rockies, going to see Bieber?

Not only is it true, but he actually liked it saying “it was really, really good.”

Apparently the once proud prankster is changing, admitting that “The Big G’s getting old,” so maybe his idea of going out is different from what it once was. He sure seems a lot more tame than he used to be, and I for one am horrified.

Did Brian Cashman Want Jason Giambi to Go Back on Steroids?

I know Jason Giambi and Brian Cashman won’t ever mention the word, so I will — steroids. Jeff Pearlman has written a book about Roger Clemens called “The Rocket that Fell to Earth,” and in that book there was a good anecdote about Yankees GM Brian Cashman and his thoughts on Jason Giambi, a free agent he signed to a 7-year $120 million deal prior to the ’02 season. According to the NY Times:

The book said that when Giambi went through a slump in the 2002 season, his first with the Yankees, Cashman was heard yelling at a television in the Yankees’ clubhouse during a game. Citing “one New York player,” the book said that Cashman screamed, “Jason, whatever you were taking in Oakland,” get back on it.

The book said that Cashman then added, “Please!”

Cashman denies ever making that statement while Pearlman says he has 100% confidence in the source that told him the story. I might have a question or two about this story because ’02 was Giambi’s only true excellent season with the Yanks. But I feel bad for Cashman in the sense that he paid for a guy whose productivity was achieved through false means. I think that GMs were in a tough spot to judge talent all throughout the era and that they got screwed over by players. If guys got their contracts because they were juicing and then later went off, they were selling teams a bum product. I can’t blame a GM for wanting to see the player produce like he had before and therefore understand Cashman’s predicament if this is a true story. Would it even be possible for teams to sue players who tested positive? I’d love to see the Angels recoup some of that Gary Matthews Jr. money without a doubt.

Jason Giambi Says Eff You to the Shift

Jason Giambi’s a colorful player, to say the least. It’s stories like his slump-busting golden thong and his lucky porn stache that endears him to the fans (and probably what gets him off the steroids hook in the eye of the public). Anyway, between the thong and the ‘stache, the latest act by Giambi to flip off Brian Roberts of the Orioles after beating the shift comes as no surprise. Nevertheless, it’s pretty funny to watch. Let’s go to the video:

And to top it off, we have the soothing sounds of Gary Thorne on the call, too. Giambi has to know there’s a camera on him at all times but he’s not afraid. Story via Ballhype.

Jason Giambi’s Mustache Now Certified

Earlier in the season it was Eric Byrnes who grew out a mustache while riding a hot hitting streak. Sporting the porn stache, Byrnes declared it The Year of the Mustache. Well, it wasn’t long after that Jason Giambi traded in his gold thong for a mustache when in need of a good luck charm. The stache has certainly delivered, to the point where Giambi is one of the finalists in the fan vote for the last All-Star spot on the AL squad. The American Mustache Institute wants to let you know they stand firmly behind him in his pursuit of All-Stardom:

“It doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out that Jason Giambi’s hitting prowess, plus a fashionable mustache, equals a bona fide All-Star,” Aaron Perlut, executive director of The American Mustache Institute, says in the release.

“Giambi’s significant first-half production as well as his powerful lip fur — indicating great intellect and good looks — make two very compelling reasons for his place on the American League All-Star roster.”

The fine gentlemen of MLB FanHouse who alerted me to this story also had the pleasure of receiving a comment from Mr. Perlut who said, “Maybe I should have simply called it by the Latin “labia sebucula” or “lip sweater” to the uninitiated.” Gotta love it. Indeed, 2008 is the Year of the Mustache in MLB. Oh yeah, and this fine message wouldn’t be complete without a … vote Longoria! He deserves it the most out of all the AL finalists, so screw Giambi.

P.S. Guess that ‘stache couldn’t protect you from a hamstring injury, eh Byrnsie?

Jason Giambi’s Slump-Breaking Thong

Roids, HGH, non-apology apologies aside, this is what makes Jason Giambi a fun guy. In a recent interview with Portfolio, Jason Giambi said that he wears a Golden Thong whenever he needs to break out of a slump:

The deepest, darkest secret harbored by the New York Yankees first baseman is that whenever he is in a prolonged hitting funk, he wears a gold lamé, tiger-stripe thong under his uniform. “I only put it on when I’m desperate to get out of a big slump,” he confides.

Over Giambi’s checkered career in the Bronx, he has left the “golden thong” in the lockers of slumping teammates Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, Johnny Damon, Robin Ventura, and Robinson Cano. “All of them wore it and got hits,” he reports. “The thong works every time.”

I’m just hoping Giambi hasn’t actually seen them put it on, nor dance around the clubhouse with it. And I love that mix by the way; Bernie Williams seems too mild-mannered and woman-chasing averse to wear it, and Robin Ventura just seems too old for it. Giambi: Party like a rock star, hammer like a porn star, rake like an All-Star. There’s only so long that crap lasts. Eventually it catches up to you, and that crap doesn’t fly in New York. That, and the lack of “help” I’m sure has contributed to Giambi’s decline. But that golden thong undoubtedly taken from Bull Durham is fantastic. If he could ever convince Mariano Rivera to wear it … well god bless him.

Morning Paper: Jason Giambi Reportedly Failed Amphetamines Test

The problems continue to mount for the Yankees DH as it’s now being reported that he failed an amphetamines test [MLB FanHouse]

Is George Steinbrenner intentionally having his broadcasters on the YES Network make Joe Torre look bad? [Awful Announcing]

Michelle Wie will try and make her first cut at the John Deere Classic in July, so far she’s 0-for-7 [Michael David Smith at FanHouse]

The family of murdered Miami Hurricanes football player Bryan Pata has been awarded $2 million [Miami Herald]

If last night didn’t prove that the lottery isn’t rigged, then I don’t know what does [Just Call Me Juice]

Is it possible that Portland takes Kevin Durant first overall? [The Big Lead]

Yao and Hakeem worked out together! [Houston Chronicle]

Karolina Kurkova showing the first chink in the armor [Hollywood Tuna]

Super Bowl’s going to North Texas in 2011 [Girls Gone Sports]

Katee Holmes will lose her virginity in a porno [Dlisted]

Hot and drunk Dodger fan, drunk and dumb Dodger fan [Lion in Oil, AOL uncut]

Oh, and my newest girl, Keeley Hazell topless in some pics NSFW [Zoo]