Monday, January 11, 2010
The AP is reporting that Mark McGwire has finally admitted the obvious:
He says: "I wish I had never touched steroids. It was foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize. Looking back, I wish I had never played during the steroid era."
He followed with this interesting statement: "I'm sure people will wonder if I could have hit all those home runs had I never taken steroids...I had good years when I didn't take any, and I had bad years when I didn't take any. I had good years when I took steroids, and I had bad years when I took steroids. But no matter what, I shouldn't have done it and for that I'm truly sorry."
Further-"I remember trying steroids very briefly in the 1989/1990 offseason and then after I was injured in 1993, I used steroids again...I used them on occasion throughout the '90s, including during the 1998 season."
1998 was the year McGwire supposedly broke Roger Maris' single season home run record.
The shock isn't that he used them, that much is obvious. The shock is he finally admitted it. Is this a move to avoid questions when he starts coaching for St. Louis soon? Perhaps he thinks he'll get in to the Hall of Fame now?
There's no way he should go to the Hall. The only basis for his entrance would be his hitting stats which are totally and utterly juiced by steroids.