There are no Pete Rose-like confessions but Authentic Memorabilia has one current and one former New York Yankee asking for "a second chance" in a line of autographed baseballs.
We can only assume what Jason Giambi means by "everybody deserves a second chance." We know Darryl Strawberry’s transgressions. The good thing is both seemed to have their house in order. Long Island, New York-based Authentic Memorabilia is marketing baseballs signed by the pair with that inscription.
The company, which has been building its lineup of exclusive memorabilia deals, brought the baseballs to its website over the weekend.
Strawberry may need more second chances. Late last week, the U.S. government filed a lawsuit, seeking nearly a half-million dollars in unpaid back taxes from Strawberry.
The IRS and federal prosecutors investigated Strawberry in 1994 for failing to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in income from autographs and memorabilia sales. He and agent Eric Goldschmidt were indicted later that year. It’s not known whether any of that money was repaid.
Strawberry, an eight-time All-Star and member of two World Series winners, has also battled drug addiction and cancer. He served 11 months in prison in 2002-03 for violating probation on cocaine possession charges.
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