Hall of Famers Line Up, It’s Mark McGwire Bashing Time

Jan 22, 2010

It seems like everyone is lining up to take their turn bashing Mark McGwire. The latest is Fergie Jenkins. It seems he wants Big Mac to apologize to the pitchers McGwire faced en route to his then record-breaking 70 HRs.

Fergie is quoted as saying “You have yet to apologize to all the pitchers you faced while juiced. You altered pitchers’ lives. You may have shortened pitchers careers because of the advantage you forced over them while juiced. Have you thought about what happened when they couldn’t get you out and lost the confidence of their managers and general managers? You even managed to alter the place some athletes have achieved in record books by making your steroid-fueled run to the season home run record.”

Is he serious? Surely he can’t think that McGwire and the select group of sluggers that have been exposed were the only ones using steroids. Surely he must know that a large portion of those pitchers he feels were victimized were using as well. The problem with this witch hunt is the blame that’s being distributed to such a small percentage of the guilty parties.

While the steroid era is a black eye for the sport, it’s not the only time players used illegal substances to gain an edge. For years amphetamines have ran rampant in MLB clubhouses. These greenies were taken as a pick-me-up to help endure the marathon season that baseball is.

Now I don’t like some of McGwire’s responses, especially when he said he wished he never played in the steroid era. Not exactly taking responsibility. However, if you read between the lines, he’s subtly letting on just how big of a problem this was. You just don’t know who used and who didn’t. So please spare us with the notion that Albert Pujols, Derek Jeter, Cal Ripken, Ken Griffey Jr., and whoever else had a squeaky clean image never used because you just don’t know. Once upon a time they said the same thing about A-Rod.

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7 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Anonymous
    January 22nd, 2010 at 9:55 am #

    This is an ignorant take on steroids. The argument is that we should let known steroid abusers off the hook because we don’t know the identities of all of the users. The police don’t catch every drug dealer, but the ones who are caught are punished. It’s a simple concept.

    This argument also throws non-users like Jeter into the same boat as the dirty players (e.g., McGwire, Sosa, Palmeiro, and A-Rod), which is not fair to the majority of players who never used.

    I’ve also noticed that no one seems to be mentioning that McGwire lied about his steroid use for years, angrily denying that he took anything stronger than androstenedione. So he cheated for 10 years and lied for five, and now we’re supposed to cut him some slack? NFW.

  2. LestersLegends
    January 22nd, 2010 at 9:59 am #

    A) I’d like to see exactly where I said they should be left off the hook. I’m just saying don’t pin the problem on a select few.

    B) You can’t not say for a fact that Jeter is a non-user. You just can’t. You also can’t say the majority weren’t using.

  3. Brad
    January 22nd, 2010 at 11:24 am #

    I would also like to address part of the “anonymous” argument. When did McGwire “angrily deny” anything? When he testified in court, he said “I’m not here to talk about the past, but here to talk about the future.” — he never denied or admitted to anything when asked — instead he avoided the conversation altogether. Some may claim that is a form of admittance, but it’s a far cry from angrily denying that he did steroids.

    The original argument by the poster (Lester) is far from ignorant. Until MLB releases “the list” we will never know who did and who didn’t do anything — and even then we still won’t know every name. I’m confident that the select few (Bonds, Clemens, A-Rod, Palmeiro, McGwire, Sosa) that have been blasted by every possible media outlet are not the only players in any era to have ever taken an illegal substance. They’re just the only ones who have been publicly caught doing so and live in a time when more media exposure is possible.

    How do we know that the great Babe Ruth didn’t cheat? How do we know that Hank Aaron didn’t? Do I think they did? No I don’t, but we don’t know for fact if they did or not, just like we don’t know if Jeter, Pujols, Griffey Jr, or any other “squeaky clean” players are doing it today. We just don’t know, and probably never will.

    Until we can prove that [insert player name here] didn’t use steroids, we have to lump them all into one big pile and label it “Steroids Era Players” because we just don’t know because MLB covered it up to gain media attention and revenue. Steroids actually made baseball into the multi-billion dollar industry that it is today, and do you think that for one second that MLB will compromise that just to let us know who did and didn’t do anything?

  4. LestersLegends
    January 22nd, 2010 at 11:28 am #

    Great points Brad.

  5. CCC
    January 22nd, 2010 at 6:21 pm #

    we KNOW Mac juiced in Oakland and LaRussa knew all about it

    you know my take = the guy wasn’t HOF worthy even before his desperation admission in hopes to get in

    let him in = time to let in Darrell Evans, Dave Kingman, ect

    I’m guessing Fergie meant the clean pitchers, and I am guessing there were a few

    many were juicing during that Sosa/ Mac hype…the MLB was the enablers and are as big a culprit as Mac and the rest

    rather see this faux hunt get focused on the MLB

    that fake Mitchell report still makes me puke

  6. B Cram
    January 22nd, 2010 at 6:55 pm #

    I will say that my man Lester is one smart mother father!!! He is aware and responsive to the fact that what McGwire did was not only irresponsible but unethical. He also states that more than just McGwire was using the juice and no one knows the full story so how is anyone to say what was fair and what wasn’t when judging his stats and what he has achieved in his career.

  7. LestersLegends
    January 22nd, 2010 at 7:40 pm #

    ccc – excellent points
    b cram – thanks cuz

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