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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.


Since: Dec 6, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2010 7:29 pm

McGwire's confession a long time coming



Since: Jul 23, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2010 7:29 pm

Mac Disrespected Maris Family

Do not minimize his fraudulent drive while passing Maris, and then misrepresenting himself to the Maris family with his misdeeds.
It is a sickening legacy that will never be extinguished. He has made his confession and will pay his penance by never getting a significant sniff at the HOF.

Please do not miss Bobby Knight's interview presently on ESPN's videos:

pertaining to BIG MAC's revelations.
It is very possible Knight may be in the secondary stages of senility. It is so embarrassing it would not be surprising if ESPN pulled it from public view. Stone cold arrogant idiot. Perhaps he has OD'd on Gatorade! Undecided

Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2010 7:27 pm

McGwire's confession a long time coming

I agree, that and Aaron's HR record should be reinstated, or if ever there's a time for an asterisk it's now. If anyone's ever heard what Roger Maris and his family went through during the 1961 season when he broke Ruth's record. Just watch the movie 61*, Maris did it with talent.

Since: Apr 27, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2010 7:10 pm

McGwire's confession a long time coming

with mcgwire "out of the closet" the timing will never be better for the others to man up and come clean.  there's safety in numbers.  get all the big names out, release the mitchell report,  alter the record books, decide on a punishment and let's all move on already- mlb already has...

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2010 7:00 pm

Good Thing too!

Listen I hate the fact that steroids has ruined my trust in hallowed baseball records BUT McGwire didn't lie to congress or us he just didn't speak i.e. like AFraud (who got outed) Petitte (who got outed) Roger (outed) Ramirez (outed) Palmerio (lied and caught). Mcgwire cheated us no more than every other cheat at the time but he did'nt lie at least WHY then is he and Bonds the poster child for 'Roids surely Afraud?
like I said though we now question everyone and every record. offer an amnesty come clean everyone publish it on the same day no retribution (maybe asterisks though.
Good luck though McGwire you did help save baseball! and didn't lie to me or congress

Since: Sep 26, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2010 7:00 pm

McGwire's confession a long time coming

Everybody makes mistakes.  Hoping he passes early is the most foolish statement I have ever heard.  Why not just hope people learn from thier mistakes. For GOD sake,  I hope I do not die early from my mistakes so other
s can learn from it.  I mean that is like saying, someone ran a red light and I wish they would die, so people would learn not to do it. People are going to make mistakes. 

Since: Dec 23, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2010 6:59 pm

McGwire's confession a long time coming

I wonder if his admittance may help his votes for the HOF.  I say no.  What do you think?

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2010 6:57 pm

McGwire's confession a long time coming

First, I do not like the fact that being a Cards fan that one of the greatest did not admit his use when first ask.  But give me a break.  He was wrong and I would imagine that 90 % of the players were taking in order to stay competetive.  As for these folks not admitting their using I am sure the pure embaressment to be a heavy toll in that decesion not to mention the fact that many of these drugs were illegal.  I love the post of people here.  I am willing to bet my life that there is not a person on here who has not lied once in their life to save face or disgrace, not to mention doing something wrong and not wanting to get busted for it.  It was wrong for these players to do it but we have a President that admitted to doing drugs and over half of you voted for him.  Give me a break and lets move on.

Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2010 6:40 pm

McGwire's confession a long time coming

Thanks Scott.
      Well I think its much better this way. I dont "blame" Mark McGuire for anything. I live in Huntington beach and used to se him around town back then. Up close and personel he was massive. You just knew something was going on. The race between him and Sammy Sosa was an awesome time, reviving interest in baseball and making it fun again. Yes we now know that everyone was juicing. What do we as fans get to do about it?
     Not a thing.
  Look, Barry bonds is next right? Or Sammy sosa and his Mistakenly corked bat. How about the amphetamine era? The no black baseball player era. As a fan I know what happened and when. It in no way takes away from my love for balls and strikes, the smell of hot dogs at fenway on a humid night or the record book.  We who love the game will just move on. we will shake our heads when the next guy comes along and admits it but we will not turn off ball games.
Because when I go to the ballpark I am a kid again, full of the same dreams and hopes and strong knees.
Steroids be damned. They cannot take that away from me.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2010 6:36 pm

McGwire's confession a long time coming

That last comments didnt print right.
McGwire hit 38 home runs at Busch in 1998, with four home runs at Wrigley field,  and two home runs at the Astrodome, County Stadium, and Three Rivers. That 's 48 home runs in five ball parks. We know for a fact that the outfield was shortened at Busch and the Astrodome,  and we know on a good day, Wrgley is anyone friend. The Pirates and the Brewers were horrible.  48 home runs in one division. Now if we moved Busch back to its dimensions in 1996, before the rams moved out, McGwire would have only hit about 50, which we already know he was capable of. I know for a fact that his record breaking home run barely cleared the fence. In busch, before it was remodeled, that home run would've been a pop-fly.

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