Points to ponder while wondering if Robby Cano brings a comb and a mirror to second base to make sure he looks just right before every pitch.

Points to ponder while wondering if Robby Cano brings a comb and a mirror to second base to make sure he looks just right before every pitch.

There might not be a bigger phony in sports than Jason Giambi.

To recap: He supposedly apologized way back for doing steroids even though he never said what he was apologizing for. He criticized A-Rod for not getting it done after spending almost an entire season, 2004, playing like a minor-leaguer.

Now he's again supposedly admitting to steroids, or as he calls it, "stuff,'' while blaming others for allowing the league-wide problem to grow. That's some little world Giambi's living in. He can do whatever he wants and never hold himself accountable.

Somehow I get the feeling the NBA Draft Lottery isn't going to overtake "American Idol'' in the ratings any time soon.

The stupid thing seems to get more complicated every year. Remember when it went something like this: Each team picked out a ping pong ball and the number on the ball revealed the team's place in the draft.

Now there are, like, 7,000 balls and everyone has a different number of them.

Here is what's wrong with baseball: The Indians went into the eighth inning with a 10-1 lead over the Royals on Thursday, and proceeded to use three pitchers in the last two innings.

Three pitchers to make sure the Royals — who couldn't come from nine down to beat an over-40 keg-league softball team — were held off. You mean to tell me manager Eric Wedge couldn't find anyone in his bullpen to go two innings with a nine-run lead?

And baseball official dorks can't understand why kids aren't watching games. This one took 3 hours, 11 minutes, and any kid with the crazy notion to watch it would have changed the channel the second Wedge started carving a path to the mound with eight- and seven-run leads in the eighth inning.

Cano's a great talent, but it's hard to watch him constantly jogging to first base or nonchalanting ground ball after ground ball. His father once said that Cano had little interest in playing defense.

It shows. But sometimes he looks like he has little interest in playing baseball.

Is playing the right way simply too much effort for him? Not cool enough? Has his manager ever inquired?

I still think Roger Clemens will have had a better minor-league season than Kei Igawa. But that's just my opinion.

Bud Selig: "Jason, we brought you in here today to ask about the stuff you said you did earlier in your career.''

Giambi: "What stuff, Mr. Commissioner?''

Selig: "You know, Jason, 'the stuff.' ''

Giambi: "Oh, that. Mr. Commissioner, I just want to apologize.''

Selig: "What are you apologizing for, Jason?"

Giambi: "For doing, you know, that stuff.''


Giambi: "You know, Mr. Commissioner, the stuff, the stuff.''

Welterweight boxer Zab Judah made the news this past week when he allowed his father to impersonate Zab on a conference call. Now all Yoel Judah has to do is act like an idiot inside the ring and the impersonation will be complete.

Judah's one of those boxers, like Andrew Golota, who seems to do something dumb every fight. Like setting off a melee by punching Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the groin. Or trying to choke referee Jay Nady after his second-round stoppage in favor of Kostya Tszyu. Or costing himself a win over Carlos Baldomir by dancing around the ring all night.

Now he's got the old man doing conference calls for him.

Maybe they should let Yoel fight Miguel Cotto, Zab's opponent for the fight on June 9 that he's supposedly helping promote.

At least now Keyshawn won't be ripping his own teammates and coaches.

Former Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock died a horrible death on that Missouri highway. Authorities said his blood alcohol content was nearly twice the legal limit when he rammed into the back of a tow truck on Interstate 64. Now his father has filed suit against several parties: the restaurant where Josh drank that night, the restaurant manager, a towing company whose truck was hit, the tow truck driver, and a driver whose stalled car was being assisted by the tow truck driver.

That's a whole lot of people to blame when there's only one person at blame.

Should the restaurant have cut off Hancock, if he was indeed served too many drinks? Absolutely. But nobody, nobody, made Josh Hancock get into his vehicle and drive drunk and speed while using his cell phone and not wearing his seat belt, according to authorities.

Hancock's death is a tragedy. The only worse tragedy would have been if he caused the deaths of others that night.

Kevin Gleason's column appears weekly. He can be reached at 346-3193, or via e-mail at kgleason@th-record.com.