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January 11, 2010

McGwire Resurfaces

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg Gaston @ 7:06 pm

Big Mac has come clean. He now admits to using steroids. Of course he said it wasn’t to get bigger, it was to help heal injuries faster, but in the process he got humungous. McGwire, along with his running mate Sammy Sosa, also helped save baseball to a certain extent. Their heroics revitalized America’s pastime. Now in my opinion, McGwire is only coming clean because he will join the Cardinals as a hitting instructor and is trying to make it easier on himself. Now when Spring Training begins he can sidestep the questions by saying he already answered them.
McGwire was reluctant to admit his use of steroids for several reasons including pure embarrassment. It’s not a shocker to anyone that he was using. He had already admitted to using Andro but this has an all together different connotation among baseball fans.
Players like Andy Pettite and Jose Canseco have admitted to using steroids, others such as Sosa, Roger Clemens and Rafael Palmeiro have denied allegations that they used.
Like it or not we just experienced the “Steroid Era” in all it’s glory. Homeruns were up, players got bigger, and even pitchers were not immuned from enhancing. It was a different time in the great game.
Now records are meant to be broken, but there’s no sport that’s more serious about their records, and statistics for that matter, than Baseball. And the fact that Big Mac set the new Homerun mark on juice is sacrilegious. Of course a few years down the road it would be Barry Bonds who rewrote the homer mark, and did so under the scrutiny of thr entire world. There is not a single person with any sense about them that doesn’t think Bonds was doing what many others in the era were doing, and that’s enhancing.
So what is my bottom line? To tell you the truth, I don’t know. I despise cheating in any form, but if mostly everyone was doing it, that sort of even’s out the playing field. I still think guys like Bonds and McGwire need to be in the Hall of Fame, but I also think the entire era deserves to have a big ole asterisk associated with it.


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