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The love-child of Mark McGwire and Jason Giambi

Posted on: February 18, 2008 3:21 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2008 3:32 pm

... would look like Eric Gagne.

Channeling McGwire's refusal to talk about the past and Giambi's vague apology for ... something, Gagne finally addressed his inclusion in the Mitchell Report.

You ask me, Gagne is one of the worst cheaters (allegedly) involved in baseball's performance-enhancing scandal, because he (allegedly) used steroids to reinvent himself from a bullcrap starter with so-so stuff into a lights-out closer with filthy material. From 1999-2001 he was 11-14 with a 4.80 ERA and 239 strikeouts in 283 innings. He then moved to the bullpen, mysteriously added about 5 mph to his fastball, and from 2002-2004 saved 152 games with a 1.79 ERA and 368 strikeouts in 247 innings.

Boo to you, Eric Gagne. At least Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were superstars without the juice.

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Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: February 29, 2008 2:46 pm

The love-child of Mark McGwire and Jason Giambi

The reason his fastball was better (not 5mph better, but better) is probably simply that when a pitcher goes out to throw one inning he can let it go much more.  Look at John Smoltz.  When he threw out of the pen for the Braves he too threw harder and more efficiently.  before you start accusing people (needlessly) you should take a deep breath and scream inwardly.  It might save you a lawsuit or two.

Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2008 1:22 pm

The love-child of Mark McGwire and Jason Giambi

As a side note to the HGH....everyone must remember it wasn't banned until 2005. So to call someone a cheater for using prior to just doesn't wash.

Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2008 1:17 pm

The love-child of Mark McGwire and Jason Giambi

...Blah Blah Blah. If you were at best a mediocre pitcher, with the knowledge that you might not be a major league pitcher for long, what would you do? If performance-enhancing drugs were so wide spread in baseball, and you saw a way to keep playing, what would you do? If you thought you could find a way to provide for your family for the future, what would you do? Answer honestly.

Sports figures no longer play because they love the game. To them, its just a business. I hear this term used every day. And if YOU had a business where you could increase profits by 1000%, you'd do so in a minute. The lure of becoming a multi-millionaire has overcome the lure of playing a sport they love.

As a regular guy, I personally don't make enough money to give my family 10% of the things I wish I could. But if I was given the chance to make a salary like a pro athlete, if it meant using the same drugs that are being used, I'd jump at that chance in a second. But thats just me. And I'm sure a few others would admit to the same thing.

Don't get me wrong. I'll never look at a 'juicer' with the same respect as an athlete who is clean. But with the money involved, I can totally see why they do it.

Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2008 12:40 pm

The love-child of Mark McGwire and Jason Giambi

Dennis Eckersley did NOT use steroids. We'd have been able to tell if he did. He never got huge, nor was he striking out the side every inning like Gagne was. He was a dominant closer, but not because he threw 100 mph.

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2008 11:33 am

The love-child of Mark McGwire and Jason Giambi

I feel every player that has admitted to steroid/HGH use in the past or was in the Mitchell report with proven eveidence, should receive at least a 40-game suspension for conduct detremental to Major League Baseball. They are teaching our children it is OK to cheat. You know as well as I do that kids look up to these guys and they are over paid in the first place. If you let someone like Pettitte get off buy just saying "I'm sorry" you are destroying the future of baseball. Make a stand for America's past time...quit just slapping these cheaters on the wrist. Do honestly believe that guys like Pettitte didn't know he was cheating?

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2008 10:48 am

The love-child of Mark McGwire and Jason Giambi

So what, the guy makes ten million a year after using steroids for a short period of time in his life? You would be stupid not too, go lay on a beach the rest of your life and drink Mai Tai's and enjoy the good life from here on out. So what, not like you were going to the "Hall" anyways! Bonds and Clemens are denying it cause they dont wanna get shut out of cooperstown! If you can do like a Brady Anderson and hit 50 bombs in a contract year and recieve a 30-40 million dollar guaranteed deal, then your the sucker not to do it!

Since: Jan 4, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2008 10:24 am

The love-child of Mark McGwire and Jason Giambi

Sorry but I've got to call you out on that one.  'Roids or not he was exactly that kind of starter.  That guy constantly twisted the guts of Dodger fans by sitting other teams down through the first 4 innings or so and then dumping the bucket from that point on.  For the longest time he was considered to be the Dodgers next great ace if he could just get over his injuries and tendancy to lose his focus half way through a game.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2008 10:18 am

The love-child of Mark McGwire and Jason Giambi

I remember 2 not so good starter turned great relievers.  The "ECK" and "Issy".  I didn't know they used the juice.  Has to be the reason!!!!!  Quit blaming all of baseball stats and accomplishment on the juice.

Since: Dec 12, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2008 10:12 am

The love-child of Mark McGwire and Jason Giambi


dlee, he was always good, remember he played for the marlins (very big field) prior to the cubs, he broke his wrist the season after this performance and has since been gradually regaining form

wood, in 1998, his rookie season, he had a 3.4 era, in 1999, he was out the entire season, in 2000, he was only able to make 23 starts (4.8 era) since he was still recovering from his injury, in 2001, he went back to his former self and posted a 3.36 era... he was in his early 20s, very young with growing left

arod, he was 21-23 years old during that time period... VERY YOUNG... like wood, he was still maturing

give me a break... those are some half @$$ examples and these are players who have never been linked to steroids

Since: Oct 14, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2008 6:37 am

The love-child of Mark McGwire and Jason Giambi

lunacy... most honest comment i've seen in a long time.  great assessment of the situation.  i think the most important fact people always forget is that these players weren't violating mlb rules.

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