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I don’t think Mark McGwire is all that sorry.

Posted by sanityinjection on January 12, 2010

Yesterday the sports world was rocked with the stunning admission by former baseball star Mark McGwire that he did in fact use steroids and human growth hormones during his record-setting career.

That’s sarcasm, of course.  I doubt that anyone who ever saw McGwire in his prime wasn’t already convinced he had used steroids. How else to explain the very sudden increase in his muscle mass – and correspondingly in his home-run hitting –  partway through his career?

I think I might respect McGwire more if he hadn’t fallen all over himself in a paroxysm of false remorse. He even choked up during his press conference, thinking about all the people he’d let down through his behavior. Um, yeah, forgive me, but I’m not buying it.

I’ll hold my breath until I see McGwire returning all the money he made during those drug-tainted seasons and petitioning the league to throw out the records he set. While he’s at it he can reveal all the people who provided him with the drugs so they can be exposed and prevented from continuing their illicit trade. And I’ve no doubt he’ll be contacting the minor league players who never got a chance to make it to the majors while he was cheating his way to the top.

Which is more likely: that McGwire decided to come forward now out of a genuine upwelling of remorse, or because he is about to begin a coaching job with Major League Baseball and knew he would be outed by someone else if he didn’t do it himself? And which is more insulting to baseball fans: that McGwire thought fans were dumb enough to believe him when he lied and said he didn’t use steroids, or that he thinks they’re dumb enough to believe him now when he says he’s sorry?

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6 Responses to “I don’t think Mark McGwire is all that sorry.”

  1. Sister Benedict said

    I thought everyone already knew that he used “andro”, real name androstenedione, a testosterone precursor, which was perfectly legal and available at health food stores at the time. I don’t know why he needed to mention it again.

  2. Jeff said

    It seems the League would start the process of throwing out his home run record. If you cheated to get the record, how can we legitimately allow it to stand. McGwire is very rich from his years of playing. I think he made out even if his record is expunged.

    • I read that Goose Gossage – a former teammate of McGwire’s – is campaigning to have McGwire, Sosa, Canseco and other players who used banned substances permanently excluded from the Hall of Fame a la Pete Rose. Arguably, what these players did was much worse for the integrity of the sport than what Rose did.

      • Jeff said

        Interesting. But McGwire’s home run record should be expunged. I think an admission to using steriods during the very sessions he broke the record is good enough to remove it. He cheated and that’s just unacceptable. Oh well.

      • I don’t disagree, but I wouldn’t hold your breath. Doing so would be an admission by MLB that they failed on a massive scale.

  3. grlgeorge said

    People certainly didn’t care when he was hitting all those home runs and making all that money at the time, why do they care now?

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