Thursday, January 21, 2010

Want to know what I'm enjoying these days? The parade of former major leaguers, most of whom played before the Steroid Era, coming out and slamming the juicers.

It was all precipitated by Mark McGwire finally talking about the past (about five years too late, eh, big guy?). McGwire came out in an interview with Bob Costas on MLB Network, finally acknowledging that he took steroids pretty much throughout the 90s, including during his epic 1998 70 home run season.

Where he slipped up, though, was in saying that he did it just to come back from injury. He actually claimed that the steroids didn't help him hit home runs! It's a load of crap, of course, since (a) he couldn't have hit any home runs is he wasn't in the lineup because of an injury and (b) anybody with a set of eyes could see how big McGwire got in the late '90s. The only surprise is that he didn't actually burst out of his shirt and turn green, Hulk-style.

So not only are fans and media calling out McGwire (even Costas looked incredulous during the interview), some of his peers are as well. Jack Clark came out and said that steroid users like McGwire should be banned from MLB for life. Mark Grace told the papers that he never took steroids because he didn't want it to affect his sex life. And yesterday, Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk (and namesake of the second most famous foul pole at Fenway Park) called out both Big Mac and Roger Clemens on their steroid use.

I'm sure this is just the beginning of a parade of "clean" players who will start taking on the Steroid Era guys. It would be honestly refreshing if a guy just came out and said, "Yes, I took steroids because it would help me hit more home runs and get a multi-million dollar contract". Just tell the truth. It may hurt and sound selfish, but I think people would respect you more for it in the long run.


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