Much to the surprise of the visually-impaired, Mark McGwire, former A's' star/Helen Hunt's wet dream, admitted to using steroids when he broke baseball's home run record back in 1998. McGwire, it seems "did everything he was accused of doing, chemically speaking, more or less, and he acknowledged regret," Ray Ratto gloats.
In part of a written statement, McGwire said:
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.
Baseball is really different now -- it's been cleaned up. The commissioner and the players' association implemented testing and they cracked down, and I'm glad they did.
After all this time, I want to come clean. I was not in a position to do that five years ago in my congressional testimony, but now I feel an obligation to discuss this and to answer questions about it. I'll do that, and then I just want to help my team.
This, of course, raises an interesting question: why not allow steroids in baseball? or football? or curling? or, for that matter, any other sport? Unless you, like many, fetishize baseball as a sepia-toned box of Cracker Jacks, why not relent to modern (albeit at times deadly) enhancers in the game of sport?
How do you feel about 'roid raging in baseball? Is it time to let the future of pharmaceuticals stage a coup on MLB's RBIs? Let us know after the jump.