Monday, January 11, 2010

Mark McGwire Admits What We Already Knew

Mark McGwire has finally come clean. The ex-Cardinals slugger has admitted that he used steroids when he broke baseball's home run record in 1998. McGwire said in a statement sent to The Associated Press today that he had used steroids on and off for nearly a decade. McGwire's admission to using steroids was prompted by his decision to become hitting coach of the St. Louis Cardinals. No doubt he also wanted to drum up some Hall of Fame votes. With his most recent vote tally being very low, the guy probably figured he'd have to come clean in order to garner some sympathy.

I think most of the American public, even folks like me who don't follow baseball closely, knew that McGwire was juiced. Were I fan, I would be disappointed with McGwire's statement. By saying that he wished he hadn't played "during the steroid era", McGwire implies that the baseball community at large all but forced him to take the drug. Despite McGwire's attempts to shirk responsibility for his own actions, we must all realize that was this so-called "steroid era" existed because cheaters like him made it the "steroid era". If he indeed took the drug due to peer pressure, that is just another way in which he was truly a weak person.

It has to be said that the 1998 home run record chase did a lot to revitalize public interest in professional baseball at a time when even the hard core fans had begun to realize that most players were little more than one-man corporations in long johns bowing down to the all mighty Nike. Now, with Sosa and McGwire having the taint of performance enhancing drugs on them, will asterisks be issued to their entries in the record books? Will Roger Marris' record eventually be re-instated?

Any chance that we'll hear from Barry Bonds?

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