Larry Bigbie’s name appeared 93 times in the Mitchell Report. Seven full pages were devoted to him, one fewer than Roger Clemens. Mitchell attributed much of the information accusing Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts of steroid use to Bigbie, his former roommate, and did the same with Jack Cust, the slugging outfielder now with Oakland.
In news reports, Bigbie was placed alongside Brian McNamee and Kirk Radomski as Mitchell’s informants. He stewed. He had talked, yeah, but says he brought up neither Roberts’ nor Cust’s name and only confirmed information with which Mitchell’s investigators confronted him.
“They had everything,” he says. “They knew. It wasn’t like I had to sit there and spit names to them.”
“I’d also like someday to be able to talk to Brian and Jack,” Bigbie says. “I’m not going to be able to change the opinion of the public. I’m not going to change the views of others.
“I would tell them about how things worked. I’d tell them how things came out. I’d want to try and smooth my end over so they didn’t feel that way. Chances are, I’ll probably never see them again in my life, but I don’t want someone to feel that way about me.”
Roberts is finishing spring training with the Orioles this week. Cust, however, arrives in Tokyo on Thursday with the A’s for their series against the Red Sox later in the week.