Blog Entry

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: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2010 6:33 pm

McGwire's confession a long time coming

But in McGuire's case he just admitted that he lied during oath at the house hearings in Washington. Could this case be opened up again. This could get interesting.
McGuire never denied using steroids during the hearings.  He basically pleaded the 5th.  He refused to answer questions about his past that would implicate him.  That is one of his rights under the Constitution.  Congress can't punish him for that.  Barry Bonds is the one that said under oath that he never used steroids.  That is why he is being pursued by the Justice Department and why he will never come clean.  If Bonds admits to using then he is admitting that he committed purjury.  Big difference between the two.

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2010 6:29 pm

McGwire's confession a long time coming


Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2010 6:24 pm

McGwire's confession a long time coming

Here's the deal...McGwire's reputation will never grow back.  EVERYONE questioned his big muscles during the '98 season bashing balls with fellow "Blow up balloon" Sammy Sosa.  Not once did we ever think with him sitting in front of congress, that he was totally honest with the american people.  Having baseball players sitting in front of Congress is ludicrous anyway, but that is a different argument.  McGwire's quote about "Looking back, I wish I had never played in the steroid era."  HEY DOPEY...YOU MADE THE CHOICE TO STICK A NEEDLE IN YOUR ASS TO GET THE WAY TO WERE!!!!!!!  I don't want to hear about the injuries and taking the Andy Pettite approach about faster recovery.  HE DID IT TO GAIN FAME AND ATTENTION...PERIOD!  Why do you think Barry Bonds started "Allegedy" using?????  He didn't want to sit in the background to McGwire and Sosa...EGOS rule the roost in professional sports and Mark McGwire is no better than the rest of them.  Too bad it took this long for him to take care of this...YOU CANNOT TRUST ANYONE ANYMORE!

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2010 6:23 pm

McGwire's confession a long time coming

Steroids must only work at (remodeled) Busch Stadium, I guess.

<colgroup span="1"><col style="width: 75pt; mso-width-source: userset; mso-width-alt: 3657;" span="1" width="100"></col><col style="width: 48pt;" span="1" width="64"></col></colgroup>Busch Stadium38Wrigley Field4JoeRobbieStadium 4VeteransStadium4JackMurphyStadium3Shea Stadium3Jacobs Field2Comiskey Park II2ThreeRiversStadium2Astrodome2County Stadium2Bank One Ballpark1Coors Field1Metrodome1OlympicStadium1

Since: Jan 11, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2010 6:23 pm

McGwire's confession a long time coming

 What a moronic statement to make. Knowing the kind of person that Mr. McGwire is i'm sure he would not wish the same speedy exit for you. Baseball created the possibility of a " homerun race" by not instituting a public ban on enhancement tools. As that is what they were. A way to increase strength and durability over a long season and to allow the body to heal from the multitude of injuries attained during said seasons.
  I play amature sports and use any over the counter products I can at age 48 to stave off long term problems such as pulled muscles( Bio-Freeze), abdominal strains( Aleve) and energy loss( Gatorade & Vitamin B-12). Now if they contain steroids, I am unaware of it but if they do that doesn't mean i'm going to stop using what works. That would be counter productive. The saying "two wrongs don't make a right" can be applied to every day circumstances and for just about anyone at anytime. It's a personal choice.

  The other "drug" involved during the '98 season was the fevered adrenaline rush that the fans brought to the baseball stadiums in anticipation of seeing a baseball completely launched into the stratusphere by a mortal man! I personally witnessed #'s 57 & 58 in Florida versus the Marlins. The first one Mark hit actually went above the rim of Joe Robbie Stadium and came back down into the upper deck. I was in section 405 that day. It was awesome!

  We can pretend to hope that rules of the game won't be broken for our benefit but it's not like we would give up the greatest sport around over some seriously outdated ideas of what is and what should be. The all mighty dollar is the controlling force in professional sports. And the powers that be dropped the ball in baseball because the green was rolling in by the trainload in advertising, merchandise sales and the creation of a mano-e-mano battle between two herculean individuals. Bandwagons are for halfhearted shadow dwellers afraid to be seen in the open. Root for your team or favorite player and support them even in the roughest of periods. Because when they are gone the void is sometimes impossible to fill.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2010 6:20 pm

McGwire's confession a long time coming

Bonds won't admit to anything.  He has to big of an ego and no conscience whatsoever!

Since: Oct 10, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2010 6:15 pm

McGwire's confession a long time coming

I agree with you carcmuck!  How about LaRussa and other managers coming clean as well.  They would have had to be idiots too.  The owners are guilty as well.  Anyone associated with baseball during that era had to know the "juice" was flowing.

Since: Jan 11, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2010 6:14 pm

McGwire's confession a long time coming

Your not in the real world buddy. The only one more obvious then Mcgwire is Bonds. He's not a freak he's a cheater!!!

Since: Jan 11, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2010 6:10 pm

McGwire's confession a long time coming

Yes so everyone new he was cheating but what about all the non cheaters shouldn't we reward them with the records. Afterall they earned it by playing with in the rules. Actually there were laws but they weren't enforced.

Since: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2010 6:10 pm

When will Bud Selig come clean?

As baseball record after baseball record was obliterated, Bud Selig knew that players, including McGwire, were taking steroids or he was an idiot.  As much as I don't respect him as a commissioner, I don't think he's an idiot.  He just didn't want to blow the whistle on anyone because everyone was making money at the time.  Which is exactly why an owner does not make a good commissioner.

When is Bud Selig going to come clean?

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or