- JASON GIAMBI
Giambi is yet another late-90s baseball player to have his otherwise-successful reputation tarnished due to PED use.
Giambi was a tri-sport athlete at South Hills High School, excelling baseball, football and basketball. He was then selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1989 MLB draft but declined and attended college at Long Beach State University. In the 1992 draft, he was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the second round and, after signing with them, spent three years playing for their farm teams. After breaking into the big leagues, he stuck with the Athletics from 1995-2001. From 2002 until his retirement, he bounced around from the New York Yankees, back to Oakland, then to the Colorado Rockies, and finally to the Cleveland Indians where he retired after the 2014 season. Over the 13 years he played Major League Baseball, Giambi won many awards, including an A.L. MVP nod and five All-Star selections. These accomplishments, however, were overshadowed due to his involvement with the BALCO PED scandal.
Giambi is now one of the co-owners of Hotel Casa Cielo, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. He resides in Henderson, Nevada with his wife, where he helps her manage the lingerie and loungewear company that she started.
- JOSH BECKETT
Beckett was seen as one of the best prospects of his time and, though he did have an injury-riddled career, he lived up to expectations when it mattered most.
The Spring, Texas native was a standout in high school and bypassed collegiate baseball, jumping straight to the pros after being drafted by the then-Florida Marlins in 1999. After two outstanding seasons in the minors, where he was awarded the organization’s Minor Leaguer of the Year award, Beckett made his MLB debut in 2001. He had five solid but injury-hampered seasons in Florida, leading the team to a World Series title in 2003 and earning World Series MVP honours. He was then traded to the Boston Red Sox, where he won another World Series in 2007, being named the MVP of the ALCS along the way. Past his prime, Beckett spent the final three seasons of his 14-year career as an L.A. Dodger before more injuries forced him to call it a career in 2014. As his postseason accomplishments indicate, Beckett was one of the best clutch pitchers of the 2000s.
Since his retirement, the righty pitcher has stayed quiet and out of public. He spends his days with his wife and two daughters, and his free time on his favourite hobby, deer hunting, on his 7,000-acre ranch in Cotulla, Texas.