Monday, January 11, 2010

News Flash: Mark McGwire Admits to Using Steroids, Only Person He Owes Apology to is Mark McGwire.

I feel bad for Mark McGwire. I honestly do. Mark McGwire does not owe us an apology. He should not have to go through what he is going through right now. The only person McGwire owes an apology to is Jose Canseco, in fact, the entire sporting media needs to apologize to Canseco, who was right all along. (it was earth)

On the other hand, Congress owes us an apology for wasting time and money holding hearings on steroids in baseball. A trip down the aisle of a local GNC would have been more productive towards discovering what modern training is about. It was shameful to see members of the sporting media bash players like McGwire and Rafael Palmiero for failing to divulge steroid use during Congressional hearings, forgeting, or ignorant of the fact, that many of their own media forebearers were victims of 1950s Red-hunting. Still waiting for a major media outlet, say a Sports Illustrated, an ESPN or a New York Times, do to an investigative piece on steroid use in the NFL or to at least opine strongly on the issue.

Which is not to say that I am against steroid use. I think the media has painted too simplistic a picture of "juicing." Many products that were sold in over-the-counter in stores like GNC as recently as the late 90s are now banned in pro sports. Hell, the Extreme Ripped Force I guzzled senior year, which helped me touch rim for the only period in my life, is now off the market because of the ephedrine it contained.

We all knew McGwire was supplementing his workouts with more than prayers and vitamins as he chased Maris' record. To demand that athletes play clean is to pretend that there is a idea of what clean is. Anything legal or FDA approved should be allowed, as Andro and HGH were.

On a somewhat related note, Mike Vacarro of the NY Post wrote a few weeks back that McGwire merits Hall of Fame inclusion. To me, it's a joke. McGwire was a one-dimensional player, Canseco was better.


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coachie said...

yeah, what he said.

awhile back I heard on the FAN that when Gil Hodges retired he had hit the third-highest amount of home runs in NL history, or something like that. Tried messing around with baseball reference but couldn't find leaderboards as of 63. relevant for the discussion of whether big mac should be a HOFer

Cleveland Frowns said...

Great post. Neither here nor there, the beginning sounds just like the beginning of a Posnanski post. "I feel bad for Mark McGwire. I honestly do."

SI, ESPN, and the Times have never opined on the issue? I guess I'd just assumed that they all had.

cannatar said...

Charles Barkley:
"If somebody told me that they could stick something in my ass to get me making 100 or 200 million dollars, I’m gonna be the first in line."

Billy said...

Any truth to the rumor that many ballplayers today are taking homeopathic hgh oral spray because it's safe, undetectable, and legal for over the counter sales? As time goes on it seems it might be considered as benign a performance enhancer as coffee, aspirin, chewing tobacco, and bubble gum.