Bleacher Report Mark McGwire admitted he used performance-enhancing drugs during his MLB career, but believes he didn’t need them to set records. In an interview with Jayson Stark of The Athletic, McGwire said he could have still broken the single-season record with 70 home runs in 1998 even without the help. “Absolutely,” McGwire said, via ESPN. “I just know myself. I just know. I was a born home run hitter. I mean, unfortunately, I did [take PEDs]. And I’ve regretted that. I’ve talked about that. I regretted it. I didn’t need to. That’s the thing. Didn’t need to.” “Deep down inside, I know me as a hitter,” he said. “And I know what I did in that box. And I know how strong my mind is. And I know what kind of hitter I became.”
Just when I thought it was a slow news day, this gem of a story hits my desk here at Second Saturday Sports. I realize the headline might be a bit confusing but honestly I needed to write it that way to really illustrate exactly what the Big Mac is trying to say. Mark McGwire though he did something that was never done before, hitting 70 home runs in a season, that it had nothing to do with him pumping himself full of the finest steroids 1998 had to offer. Excuse me but
I can only imagine that Mark has been sitting on this information for years, waiting for the perfect moment to let the world know that even though he did all the steroids he could get his hands on that he would of hit 70 dingers in 98 and 65 in 99 without them. It’s like Col. Jessup wanting to scream from the mountain top that he ordered the code red and he’d do it again. He eats breakfast 300 yards away from people trained to kill him and no one is going to tell him how to run his base. McGwire hit all those home runs and no one is going to tell him exactly what allowed him to accomplish that
“Absolutely,” McGwire said, via ESPN. “I just know myself. I just know. I was a born home run hitter. I mean, unfortunately, I did [take PEDs]. And I’ve regretted that. I’ve talked about that. I regretted it. I didn’t need to. That’s the thing. Didn’t need to.”
“Deep down inside, I know me as a hitter,” he said. “And I know what I did in that box. And I know how strong my mind is. And I know what kind of hitter I became.”
I love this. I absolutely love it. Possibly my favorite story of the year. Mark was put on this planet to do one thing and that was swing a piece of wood so hard that a baseball would rocket out of the stadium as of a Zeus shooting lightning bolts from his eyes. It’s just like Mark said, it’s unfortunate that he did take PEDs. He didn’t want to take them, Jose Canseco made him do it. Or, maybe Mark just kept accidentally falling on steroid filled syringes, constantly. Perhaps, he just has the worst luck with that. No way it could of been because Mark knew he could get away with it or that hitting tons of homers was a great way to get paid more and that America wanted him and everyone else in the sport to be double in size over night with a simple injection of anything and entertain us with towering home runs like they were Bane, (not from Dark Knight Rises, but Bane from Batman). Also, it needs to be worth mentioning, that Mark had a strong mind because he said so. His mind coupled with c̶o̶p̶i̶o̶u̶s̶ ̶a̶m̶o̶u̶n̶t̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶s̶t̶e̶r̶o̶i̶d̶ ̶s̶m̶o̶o̶t̶h̶i̶e̶s̶ ̶ ̶ his destiny of being placed on this earth to go yard was what really hit all those homers.
Personally, I’m all for players doing whatever they want to their bodies. Do it legally, do it illegally, doesn’t matter to me. Just understand that when you do roids, the consequences might cramp your lifestyle. But, back in the late 90s, baseball needed something and McGwire, Sosa was must see TV when they were chasing Maris and then going for the all time record. Every night, I watched and ESPN would cut out of any game that was on to show every at bat. Awesome stuff. I can only wish for baseball to somehow hook me in like that again. I still watch to an extent, but I don’t think anything will captivate the masses like all the home run guys going on the gas and hitting missiles out of stadiums again. I understand that steroids and PEDs don’t help with hitting curve balls and that most of these guys were all very accomplished hitters before it, but to think that they would of put up the same kind of numbers without PEDs is straight up lunacy. But hey, whatever lets you sleep at night.
PS- This is one of my favorite Simpsons and McGwire moments of all time