Mark McGwire is defending himself by saying that steroids never helped him to hit homeruns. He apparently only used them to heal quicker from injuries. I’m sorry, but anyone who has taken High School health knows that the sole purpose of taking steroids is to heal quicker from injury (allowing you to work harder, bulk up quicker, etc.). Who can blame Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk for calling McGwire’s defense a crock? “Try having your knees operated on and catching for 30 years,” Fisk responded. “Do you think you feel good when you go out there? [McGwire] had to stand around and play first base. So excuuuuuse me.” (ESPN.com) Fisk might be a cranky catcher, but what catcher isn’t? Regardless, he has a point. McGwire was never prolific in the field on or off steroids. What injuries, other than the intense fear old age and the premature end of a lackluster career, was he facing?
On a brighter note, congratulations are in order for Andre Dawson and his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He doesn’t have the magic numbers of past inductees, but with ballots approaching with names such as Palmeiro, Clemens and Bonds on them, do those numbers hold credence anyway?
For me, there was a beauty in Baseball’s black and white quality. You win or you lose. You’re good or you’re not. It was escapism from the uncertainties of life. You always knew where you stood. Apparently though, I was wrong. What can you trust?
Speaking of perspectives, Baseball is only a game. I would be remiss to not mention that our thoughts are with the real tragedy in Haiti. Please check out MLB.com for ways in which you can help.