Cardinals Spring Training: Feeling sorry for Mark McGwire
St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach Mark McGwire stands behind a batting cage as he works with Cardinals players during spring training baseball Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
By Lakisha Jackson
St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach Mark McGwire stands inside a batting cage as he works with Cardinals players during spring training baseball Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach Mark McGwire arrives for spring training baseball Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
By Lakisha Jackson
(KMOV.com) -- I'm starting to feel sorry for Mark McGwire. I realize he brought all this on himself, but the hits just keep coming. Now the story is the book just released by his younger brother Jay, that details McGwire's steroid use. Jay says in the book that McGwire knew the steroids were helping his performance, and he doubts Tony La Russa didn't know that steroids were being taken by Big Mac. The real story here isn't that McGwire was taking steroids. We've known that for some time now. The amazing thing is that Jay would do this to his older brother, who actually took care of Jay financially for more than a year and a half. Who writes a book like this about their brother, or any family member? How low is that?
Mark was emotional when he answered questions about the book and his brother this afternoonl. He said he'll never read the book, nor talk to his brother again. I think we've turned the corner on this McGwire story. He's gone from being the bad guy who cheated the game and lied about it, to being the victim of his conniving brother who would use a family member to try to make a buck with a tell-all book. McGwire has been asking us all to just "move on" for a while now, and I think it's time to do just that. Enough already!
Tony La Russa's celebrity guest today was 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey hero Mike Eruzione. La Russa didn't tell his players who the guest speaker was today, and had Eruzione enter the facility through a side door. La Russa played Eruzione's four minute olympic hilight dvd in the clubhouse, and when it was over, had Eruzione enter dramatically through a clubhouse door and greet the players. Most the current Cardinals weren't even born when the U.S. won that gold medal in 1980, but they've all heard of Eruzione and the incredible olympic story of the "Miracle on Ice". Chris Carpenter, a huge hockey fan who played defense for his high school team in New Hampshire, said Eruzione's message of team unity was very emotional. He said it's clear Eruzione still carries the passion that helped him captain the U.S. team to the greatest upset in olympic hockey history.
I know it's been cold in St. Louis and you don't want to hear anybody in Florida complain about the weather, but it was not pleasant today in Jupiter. Temperatures in the upper 40's, low 50's, with a howling wind blowing most of the day. Just when my sunburn was about to stop pealing, I've now developed a nasty wind burn.
If it's not one thing it's another, and if it's not another it's one thing.