The new Cardinals' hitting coach released a statement this afternoon admitting his steroid usage and he appeared live tonight on the MLB Network in a confessional interview with Bob Costas. By his own admission, using steroids is the worst mistake he's ever made and it's a mistake with which he now has to live.
I'm not shocked by McGwire's admission but I am a little relieved. I'm not one for controversy or confrontation, and I don't take pleasure in others' suffering, even when they've brought on the suffering by their own actions. I love and respect the game of baseball and I'm glad he's come clean, if for no other reason than it allows us, the fans, to start to move on. How ironic is it that the man once credited with saving baseball now has to plead for forgiveness from the game's fans?
Unfortunately, when McGwire first steps out of the Citizens Bank Park visitors' dugout in early May, he'll hear boos and he'll see derogatory signs. He'll receive the same reception in other ballparks around the country. But I won't boo. I'm saddened and a little angered by his past actions, but I won't kick a guy who's come clean and who seems genuinely sorry for the mistakes he's made.