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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: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2010 12:11 am

McGwire's confession a long time coming

You must be a die- hard Cubbie fanatic. I'll pray for you.

Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2010 12:36 am

McGwire's confession a long time coming


Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2010 3:29 am

McGwire's confession a long time coming

Yes, but what about Alex Rodriguez and Roger Clemens. They are bigger frauds than McGwire in that they have parlayed teir cheating into big money contract. If you look at Big Mac's salary in the hears before and after he broke the record...he was not making much money. What all the haters fail to realize is that baseball was down in the dumps after the strike. If it wasn't for the homerun rivalry between McGwire and Sosa baseball would have folded because no one was watching it anymore. These two gave the fans something to cheer. Besides, there is scientific proof that taking steroids will allow a person to hit over 70 homeruns. 

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2010 10:32 am

McGwire's confession a long time coming

I did not have sexual relations with that girl!
I did not inhale!

I did not take steroids!

We all know the 90's and early 2000's were filled with liers and cheats.

Please give me back my 61 MLB until somebody does it the right way.

Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2010 12:18 am

McGwire's confession a long time coming

Yes, there is someone you can trust. He died on the cross for all of us. JESUS CHRIST.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2010 12:06 am

McGwire's confession a long time coming

mcgwire was eevtually going to have to admit anyway, when he was hired as hitting coach, each day that went by that he didn't answer, people would be more focused on the team's hitting coach then the team, and besides why don't people require the sportswriters that profited off of the summer of 1998 just like people are saying mcgwire and sosa should pay there money back, and the biggest weasel out there is mike lupica, who is now outraged over steroid use, but he was many of the sportswriters who made money off the baks of mcgwire and sosa, and probably he say soemthing well, mcgwire is hypocrite, as he wouldn't tell congress in 2005, that he used, but now he will, if he ahd been offered immunity he would've, and even the head of those hearings tom davis said that if immunity had been granted, mcgwire would've come clean, but couldn't becuase he could've faced perjury charges, and oh yeah those who think bonds who will face perjury charges, i have a feeling when his trial date comes up again, the charges against bonds will be dismissed, as i think the judge will be mad, as the government waited until the last minute to have evidence readmitted that would help there case, and i think she will say, you wasted this courts, and the taxpayers of this country 6 years becuase of a government witchunt, well as of today the witchunt is over, the charges are dismissed, with predjiduce, meaning anderson will be relaeased, and 6 years will have gone down the drain

Since: Apr 3, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2010 8:59 pm

McGwire's confession a long time coming

I'm flat out done with baseball.  McQuire only admits to steroids when he has something to gain, just like Rose.  It has nothing to do with being honest.
He can cry all he wants in front of the cameras now, but what he and Sammy did to dessecrate baseball's most cherrished record in 1998 cannot be forgiven.  The fact that everyone in baseball leadership knew what was going on at the time, including La Russa is even more unforgivable. 
I'm done with baseball! 

Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2010 8:56 pm

McGwire's confession a long time coming

61 in 61 is still the record as far as I am concerned

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2010 8:23 pm

McGwire's confession a long time coming

Agreed.. It is sad but nothing to revel in someone's imminent demise. Quite a sad commentary from the sadest blogposters

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2010 8:17 pm

Apologies...MaoTseTung Won

I could not care less about this. THey werre legal, Mac never said he did not use them, we ALL knew he did...and every other player has confessed ONLY when cuaght and in orde to lie and limit the period they took them with theri so called confession....most guys took them longe than the period they say..

So almost all so called confessions by caught parties to date have been new lies to secure their legacies.

Anyway, I am not big on apologies 3 years after all the fame has been gotten, but somehow in America can half kill one and make a good apology (agents pleading) and America sops it up in sappy fashion.

Good luck Big Mac in St Louis. Your apology may mean a tiny, tiny bit to me if you reveal somethign we did not KNOW.

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