One by one, they walked down the aisle of Courtroom 10 and took a seat on the witness stand for their public day of reckoning.
First Jason Giambi, the 2000 American League MVP. Then his brother Jeremy. And finally Marvin Benard, Barry Bonds' San Francisco Giants teammate.
In the biggest mass confession to steroids use in baseball history, the trio testified Tuesday at Bonds' trial. They all said they purchased and used performance-enhancing drugs from Greg Anderson, the trainer who is in jail for his refusal to testify against Bonds.
"I understood what it was. A steroid," Jeremy Giambi said.
All three had told their stories to a grand jury in 2003, and many details of that testimony were published by the San Francisco Chronicle the following year. And the Mitchell Report in December 2007 detailed the rise of baseball's Steroids Era.
But that was on paper. On Tuesday, the players were forced to answer questions in public from a federal prosecutor about how, when and why they took performance-enhancing drugs.
After an all-star trip to Japan in 2002, Jason Giambi flew from his home in Henderson, Nev., to meet Anderson in the Bay Area, and Anderson said he would have Giambi's blood tested to determine whether he was deficient in "zinc" and "magnesium." When the results came back, Anderson informed Giambi his sample was positive for the steroid Deca-Durabolin.
"He told me that would trip the Major League Baseball test, and I should look into taking something else," said Jason Giambi, wearing a blue suit, white shirt with checks and black-red-and-white striped tie. "He said he would send me a package of things that I needed."
By mid-December, Anderson sent testosterone to Giambi along with syringes and vitamins.
"Did you understand that to be a steroid?" Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey D. Nedrow asked. "Yes," Giambi said.
Bonds is charged with four counts of making false statements to the grand jury and one count of obstruction for denying he knowingly took performance-enhancing drugs.
DL for concussions set
MINNEAPOLIS -- Major League Baseball and its players' union have announced a new set of protocols for dealing with concussions, including the creation of a new seven-day disabled list for players with the injury.
The league and the union announced the protocols in a joint statement on Tuesday. They include mandatory baseline testing for all players and umpires and new steps for evaluating players who may have suffered the injury and for having them return to action. The new guidelines take effect opening day.
Around the majors
* Phillies closer Brad Lidge is expected to miss three to six weeks after an MRI exam showed he has a strained right shoulder.
* The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed pitcher Chad Billingsley to a three-year contract extension through 2014 with a club option for 2015.