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Giambi’s Slump Has Been Eating Him Up

Times Staff Writer

New York Yankee first baseman Jason Giambi, who has a bum ankle and has been feeling exhausted and dehydrated, is in a 13-for-65 slump.

On Monday, a day off, he decided to talk to a SoHo street psychic, according to the New York Post. The newspaper said the psychic, L.J. Tyler, told Giambi he was “going to be batting really well once his leg heals.”

The Post quoted Tyler saying of Giambi, “He was a doll, a really nice man. And he paid me nicely too.”

On Tuesday, Giambi, who was not in the lineup against the Boston Red Sox, said he’d been diagnosed with internal parasites.

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Say what? Giambi said he couldn’t remember exactly what kind of parasites the doctor had told him he had.

“I don’t have a Ph.D., and I’m not world-renowned,” he told Associated Press.

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Trivia time: Craig Stadler won on the Champions Tour last weekend, son Kevin was a winner on the Nationwide Tour and Kim Saiki was a first-time winner on the LPGA Tour. What do these three have in common?

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In good hands: Items from the estate of Katharine Hepburn were auctioned off this month in New York. The legendary actress’ golf cart went to veteran golfer Amy Alcott, who faxed in the winning bid.

How much was Alcott’s bid?

“I’d rather not talk about that,” Alcott said.

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Name game: A Texas couple decided two years ago to name their newborn son ESPN. This after another Texas couple had named their son Espn and a Michigan couple had named their son Espen.

ESPN, never one to miss an opportunity for self-promotion, is planning a special on the three youngsters.

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“Not sure what the show will be called,” writes Greg Cote of the Miami Herald, “but I would suggest, ‘My Parents Are Idiots.’ ”

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Looking ahead: Of the three young namesakes, Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle writes, “When they all turn 25, look for them to throw huge parties for themselves.”

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Limbo lingo: Has receiver Mike Williams gotten a raw deal from the NCAA and the NFL? Here’s what Dan Le Batard of the Miami Herald, in the column he does for ESPN magazine, had to say about the situation:

“Williams has played by the rules. And all it has made him is a multimillion-dollar talent without a team, a league, a scholarship, a school, an employer, a huddle, a regular paycheck, a teammate, a coach, a practice field, a dorm room or a single reason to believe in the system.

“Other than that, though, he’s straight.”

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Trivia time: All three played golf at USC -- Craig Stadler from 1971-75, Saiki from 1984-88, and Kevin Stadler from 1998-2002.

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And finally: Boxer Laila Ali, to the Denver Post, on why she prefers to wear white when she fights: “I think it looks clean. My dad [Muhammad Ali] wore white. And sometimes I’m just in the mood to see my opponent’s blood on my shorts.”

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Larry Stewart can be reached at larry.stewart@latimes.com.


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