A few more words of wisdom from Mark McGwire, who really just talked himself in circles during his carefully planned media blitz on Monday:
“It was a wrong thing what I did. I totally regret it. I just wish I was never in that era,” he said.
So it’s the era’s fault? You say in one breath you made a mistake, then blame the time frame you played in the next one. Why not just say no, Mark? Why do these guys, when they finally are forced to fess up, always have to try to put the blame somewhere else? It’s either to stay healthy, or to bounce back from injury, they didn’t know what they were taking, or everybody was doing it.
All I’ve heard Tony La Russa say in the last two days — and the last five years — is how great Mark McGwire’s character is. Really? Yeah, he’s such a stand-up guy. Give me a break.
“They have every right to,” McGwire said in an interview on the MLB Network when asked if he understands why the Maris family believes 61 is the real single-season home run record.
To me, this is a blatant admission that steroids help someone hit more home runs, and it comes from someone who should know.
“This has nothing to do with the Hall of Fame,” he said. “This has to do with me coming clean, getting it off my chest, and five years that I’ve held this in.”
Let me go grab my shovel. What a load of crap.
“There’s no way a pill or an injection will give you hand-eye coordination or the ability or the great mind that I’ve had as a baseball player,” he said.
But a pill or an injection can give you strength, maybe even enough to hit more home runs later in your career. Isn’t it safe to say that added strength would help you hit the ball farther? Nobody is saying McGwire couldn’t hit the ball, and hit it well. But steroids helped him get onto the field in an unnatural way, and provided him with even more ability to hit the ball farther. This hand-eye argument is ridiculous, and it’s always been ridiculous.
“That was the worst 48 hours of my life, going through that, but I had to listen to the advice of my attorneys,” he said.
This is in reference to his “I’m not here to talk about the past” debacle in front of Congress. And OK, Rep. Davis confirmed that Mac wanted to talk about steroids then, but wasn’t granted immunity, so he didn’t.
But the statute of limitations ran out in 2006, a year after the hearing. If this was bothering McGwire so much, why didn’t he speak out then?
You’ve heard it here first: The St. Louis Cardinals will rue the day they welcomed Big Mac back with open arms. I’ve been to Busch Stadium several times in the last two years, and there has been very, very little reference to McGwire anywhere. The McDonald’s Big Mac Land sign is still there, but very little else. No advertisements. No pictures. No video footage of him.
There’s no doubt the St. Louis fans will revere him as soon as he steps onto the field on Opening Day. It’s their nature. But it will be the start of a Cardinals curse. The Baseball gods won’t settle for this kind of blasphemy.
Mark it down.