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McGwire's confession a long time coming

Posted on: January 11, 2010 4:10 pm
 

The most human, powerful and, yes, tragic part of Mark McGwire's eight-paragraph confession Monday was in this single sentence: "Looking back, I wish I had never played during the steroid era."

We're lucky or unlucky by birth, some circumstances being laid out for us that either help us along the way or present obstacles for us to overcome. We can't choose our era any more than we can choose our skin color.

We can -- and must -- however, make smart and correct choices within whatever circumstances we're dealt.

In baseball's corner of the world, in this time and place, the temptation was too much for both McGwire and for hundreds of others. The 1998 season was a sham, an entire era was built on lies. The record book is warped, legends from the past have had their numbers diminished as a result and we're going to be hearing confessions like the one McGwire delivered Monday for years. The stain is permanent, no matter how many apologies -- timely or belated -- are delivered.

Five years ago in front of Congress, it wasn't time for McGwire to discuss the past.

Now, on the eve of McGwire accepting one of Tony La Russa's persistent invitations to become the Cardinals' hitting coach, times have changed.

We never knew for certain whether this day would come for McGwire, though we pretty much knew everything he copped to -- steroid use on and off for more than a decade, including during the '98 season.

The most telling thing of all was in how carefully orchestrated this entire chain of events was on Monday. McGwire doing a phone interview with the Associated Press, the Cardinals issuing his statement, the careful revelation that McGwire phoned Commissioner Bud Selig and La Russa on Monday, another St. Louis-issued statement with pre-fabricated quotes from Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr., general manager John Mozeliak and La Russa, an early evening sit-down interview with Bob Costas and McGwire on the MLB Network.

Then there was La Russa telling ESPN's Baseball Tonight that he's "really encouraged that [McGwire] would step forward. As we go along his explanations will be well received."

That, I believe is wildly optimistic. Maybe, in time, they will be. I'm glad McGwire came clean, I think it's good for both him and the game.

But he became so small during his Congressional testimony, it's going to take a lot more Monday's developments to grow back his reputation.

Comments

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2010 8:07 pm
 

McGwire's confession a long time coming

How is McGwire's confession good for baseball! mcGwire and Sosa justy shot needles in their asses and kept hitting homeruns. We knew then same as we know now the homerun record belongs to Roger Maris and the Maris family. How dose the Maris family fell being draged from game to game from city to city to see who could out cheat eachother!!!!

I guess Bonds felt left out because he wanted the same glory, he must of been shooting up in both ass cheeks at the same time. The only thing that grew faster than Pinocchio's nose was Bond's head.



Since: Jul 16, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2010 7:55 pm
 

McGwire's confession a long time coming

Barry Bonds is to arrogant to ever admit anything.  I'm glad he finally came clean.  He should of done it a long time ago.  I do think he should be banned from baseball, if they banned Pete Rose than these cheaters definately need to be banned from the game. 



Since: Jun 20, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2010 7:55 pm
 

McGwire's confession a long time coming

No doubt, Maris should still have the record, instead of the steroid freaks who broke his record. Hank Aaron should have the all-time home run record too.  In the Olympics and Track and Field if you get caught doping you're records and wins are taken off the books. 



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2010 7:52 pm
 

McGwire's confession a long time coming

I have more respect for McGwire who like you said really never denied any accusations.  I mean refusing to answer isn't necessarily telling the truth, but at least he got to admit to it on his terms, and not in front of congress.  The reality is this era really is the steriod era, and there is really no telling how many people are left to come clean, but I can't even put the blame on them. 100% agree with your post, the union had plenty of opportunity to stop it.



Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2010 7:42 pm
 

idiot

You,  sir, are an idiot. They were not using GNC products that "contained" steroids! They were injecting steroids, taking steroid tablets and eventually rubbing these drugs on them. If you were told that Cocaine would enhance your fading days on the diamond and increase your income at work would you begin usiing it daily as well? Give me a break.



Since: Dec 6, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2010 7:40 pm
 

McGwire's confession a long time coming

Let me clarify.

Pujols is on Steroids.

When will these idiots in St. Louis realize this?

I look forward to the day, when these loser fans ,get their pathetic hearts broken.

Pujols is on Steroids.

LaRussa is a jackass.






Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2010 7:37 pm
 

Bull *** !

You get no free pass Mr. McGuire. You cheated and most of us knew it. Baseball knew it. The Cardinals knew it. His teammates Knew it. And we knew it. You are a cheater, always will be, and no confession makes it OK. Same to you Mr. Pettit, Sosa, Palmeiro, Anderson, Clemens, etc, etc, etc. All of you, like the rest of us, shall be held accountable for cheating and using illegal subtances to enhance your career. I care not if you confessed when it became convenient for you. If I were any of you I would keep lieing ad infinitem... it matters not



Since: Dec 6, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2010 7:36 pm
 

McGwire's confession a long time coming

Pujols is on Steroids.

When will these idiots in St. Louis realize this?

I can't wait to all of these loser fans get hearts broken.




Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2010 7:33 pm
 

McGwire's confession a long time coming

This is a cruel way to look at it, no matter how much you disagree with Mark's choices. I can't imagine being happy when someone other than a terrorist or murderer passes away. You should be ashamed of yourself.



Since: Dec 6, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2010 7:32 pm
 

McGwire's confession a long time coming

What planet are you from?
Baseball is a joke.
Keep dreaming.



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