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January 11, 2010 / by Blake Fehl
It is a sad day for MLB and Cardinals fans. In the late 1990s the eyes of the country were focused on the Home Run race between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, both on their way to beat Roger Maris’ record of 61 homers in a single season in 1961. That record held up til 1998 when Mark McGwire smashed it with 70 home runs. The country loved it, and St. Louis had a new hero for their baseball team.
However, rumors started to fly around about steroid usage and human growth hormone. How had the man gained so much muscle, and added so much power late in his career? Well, today we have that answer. Mark McGwire has now admitted to steroid and human growth hormone usage.
“I wish I had never touched steroids,” McGwire said. “It was foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize. Looking back, I wish I had never played during the steroid era.”
His decision to finally come out and come clean was apparently because of taking the job as hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals. He is now added to the list of people with asterisks next to their names in the record annals, including Barry Bond, Sammy Sosa, Alex Rodriguez, and Roger Clemens.
“I never knew when, but I always knew this day would come,” McGwire said. “It’s time for me to talk about the past and to confirm what people have suspected. 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.”
So baseball fans what do you think about this story? Could he have hit those home runs without the help of steroids? Did a talented hitter ruin his name for a few extra hits a year? Could McGwire salvaged his reputation a bit more if he had come clean during the Congressional hearings in 2005? Let us know in the comments!