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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: May 2, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2010 5:20 pm
 

McGwire's confession a long time coming

It's sad that these JACKASSES will not pay back the monies (millions) that they received over the years.  It's sad that some players who didn't juice but could have been a better player didn't even get a shot at playing but you get some like McGwire who ballooned in size and the wallet didn't deserve the praise that they get.  I think the record books from the past 90's and 00's should be wiped out.  To hell with baseball and their lying ways!



Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2010 5:09 pm
 

McGwire's confession a long time coming

With your concept of fun, forget Mark M., as your life must be sad and you should focus on that.



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2010 5:08 pm
 

McGwire's confession a long time coming

I DON'T BELIEVE ANYTHING MCGUIRE IS SAYING. HE'S A LIAR ALONG WITH TONY LARUSSA FOR "NOT KNOWING" COME ON NOW TONY. I DON'T BELIEVE ANYONE THAT TELLS ME A PLAYER IS CLEAN SO NOW WE JUST HAVE TO WAIT FOR PUJOLS, SOSA, BONDS,GRIFFEY JR, AND OTHER PLAYERS TO HAVE BEEN SUSPECTS FOR USING THE JUICE. I WOULDN'T PUT IT PAST ANYONE IF JETER EVEN RIPKEN JR FOR USING STEROIDS..

I'M SICK OF BASEBALL OF ITS LYING AND ITS GOING TO TAKE A DEATH FROM A MAJOR PLAYER TO CHANGE ALL OF THE RULES.


TO ALL BASEBALL FANS............. BELIEVE NO ONE!



Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2010 5:03 pm
 

McGwire's confession a long time coming

Barry Bonds never used steroids.  He was just that 1 in a billion guy that every group has where nothing ever happens to him the way it does the rest of the world.  You know the kind......the guy that claism to get busted for pot or DUI 50 times with nobody ever around and never gets probation or jail time because hes just that cool or lucky.

Barry will swear up and down till the day he dies his head grew 4 hat sizes during a summer in his mid 30s because he hit his growth spell later than most do in life.  Thats all it is.  He never took anything.  His body just never bulked out before he was 21 like 99.999% of the rest of the world.  He was that 1 freak in the world.



Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2010 5:03 pm
 

It will be fun!

It will be fun to watch what happens to a body after using steroids for so long... 1st, muscle deterioration, 2nd, rare cancers, & 3rd, dieing at a young age.

Godspeed Mark. Your passing away will help drive the point home that steroids are bad for your health.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2010 5:00 pm
 

McGwire's confession a long time coming

Why is it that nobody talks about the Maris family and their feelings. The travesty in all of this is the one player who held the record for so long should still hold it. "61"




Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2010 4:58 pm
 

McGwire's confession a long time coming

Fantastic Article!



Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2010 4:57 pm
 

McGwire's confession a long time coming

This doesn't change a thing.  We should all know all of this by now.
McGwire's mistake was in not coming clean at the start - he would have been
forgiven by now.
And LaRussa "encouraged" by this as if this is new information to him-
the managers have known this all along and they
are just as complicit as the owners, fans, and players who celebrated the victories
and the home runs.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2010 4:49 pm
 

McGwire's confession a long time coming

My question is does McGwire finally admitting he used, open the door for the others during that era to also come clean once and for all... IE Sosa and Bonds?



Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2010 4:48 pm
 

McGwire's confession a long time coming

The one thing about McGwire is that he never denied anything.  Seeing him refuse to answer questions about his past really told us all we needed to know (during the congressional inquiries). The one thing that will resonate about the steriod era was how many of these goods were in things you could buy at GNC.  Without specific laws that prohibit items - it is tough to punish someone for trying to better themselves.  The players' union is as much to blame for much of this.  Now...I guess it is boxing's turn!!


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