Jason Giambi Wears Magic Gold Thong for Sake of New York Yankees

Justin HokansonSenior Writer IMay 19, 2008

When I heard about this story, I really had to read it again—it was so good.

In one of the most bizarre sports stories I've heard in a long time, Jason Giambi has revealed that he wears a golden thong so that he can break out of slumps at the plate.

That's weird enough as it is—but now other players on the Yankees team have admitted to wearing them as well to break out of slumps they might be going through as well.

Giambi said, "It works every time." Really? If it works every time, Jason, why don't you just wear them every night?

I get that Giambi might just be a little different kind of guy, and if he wants to do things a little differently, go for it. But a gold thong? Talk about desperate. The better question is what made you actually try that in the first place?

Derek Jeter has also said he has worn the thong before as well. What? Not the captain, this is just getting embarrassing. Jeter said, "I had it over my shorts and stuff." Jeter went on to say, "I was 0 for 32 and I hit a homer on the first pitch. That's the only time I've worn them."

The only time Derek? Come on, who are you fooling.

And just when it couldn't get any worse, Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon has admitted to wearing them also. Of course, Damon says he's only worn them, "probably three times."

Even Yankee veteran Jorge Posada has said, "Whoever is on slumps puts it on." Posada said, "I don't know if it works, I haven't worn it yet." Well thank goodness someone on that team doesn't think a thong will solve their problems.

This is the Yankees we are talking about here. The most storied franchise in professional sports is sharing a gold thong around the clubhouse like they are remaking the movie "Bull Durham" (great movie by the way). No amount of laundry detergent or Clorox makes this OK.

Giambi admits to having the thong since 1996 when he was a part of the Oakland Athletics. Giambi did say it gets washed in between uses, though. Well, that's comforting to know.

We're talking about the team with the highest payroll in all of baseball. Not only did they just get owned by the struggling Mets, they are now in last place in the AL East. If the thong really works, maybe the gold thong should become a part of the Yankees everyday uniform from here on out.

But the Yankees should be more worried about how to get out of the cellar than who's wearing the gold thong next.


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