Finally Mark McGwire spoke about what he didn’t want to speak about when he appeared before congress. McGwire admitted that he took performance enhancing drugs during his career including his 70 homer season that sat the baseball world on the edge of their seats in 1998.
The news surprised few. It’s been suspected for years and Jose Canseco provided details in his book “Juiced” of how he used to inject McGwire while the two were teammates in Oakland.
McGwire would have to face the question sooner or later. After being announced as the hitting coach of the St. Louis Cardinals we knew the date was coming sooner or later. Following his fourth failed attempt into the hall of fame the clock was up.
When McGwire spoke in front of congress he was trying to preserve his reputation. A man who finished his big league career with 583 homers seeking election into the most hallowed of institutions. Instead by refusing to talk about much of anything he ultimately cast further doubt on his already teetering hall chances.
After McGwire got just 23.7% of the 75% needed for induction this year, his fourth try, he must have realized he simply won’t get in after all.
That’s fine by me. It’s good that McGwire finally talked, it should end all the talk period.
Instead some are out there looking for more. They say they knew McGwire was a cheat and his omission offered little consolation. To those people I ask what more do you want?
In much the same way Pete Rose admitted to betting on baseball, those who follow the spot got what they wanted. They got McGwire to out himself which should end any hall talk and finally put the matter behind everyone.
Sure McGwire will be strolling around ballparks all across the country this year and he’ll hear it from the fans (as he should) but those expecting more then they’ve already gotten are simply asking for too much.
If there is anything we’ve learned from the outings of McGwire, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, Sammy Sosa and others it’s that baseball is indeed serious about cleaning up it’s act and no one is too big of a star to be brought down.