Monday, 18th February 2019

Welcome Back Mac

Posted on 15. Jan, 2010 by FSM Staff in General Sports, MLB

Welcome Back Mac

I always told myself that if Mark McGwire ever came clean about using steroids, I would still never forgive him. I really need to stop making passionate, absolute statements like that because I rarely stick to my guns. After hearing Mark McGwire confess to using steroids earlier this week, I was satisfied with what he had to say to baseball fans, and I found myself accepting his apology.

I saw this day coming when I heard news of Tony La Russa hiring McGwire as a hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals. I almost felt like La Russa was trying to sneak an intervention in through the back door. It was probably in the back of everyone’s mind that, in order for McGwire to rejoin the Cardinals as a coach, he would sooner or later have to address steroids in some way or another. He would either have to vehemently deny the use of performance enhancing drugs or he would have to spill his guts and apologize to the MLB fans. There is no middle ground in this type of situation. While McGwire did not exactly spill his guts during his admission of guilt, he seemed sincere and confessed to enough for me to have no problem with his reentry in to baseball as the hitting coach for the Cardinals.

It was a bit surprising that McGwire addressed the matter so quickly however. I thought this would be something that played out until March. I guess I cannot always be right which makes me sad. Perhaps McGwire’s guilt was too much and he wanted to set the record straight as soon as possible. It is more likely he confessed to using PEDs a bit sooner than expected in order to avoid being a distraction to his team during the season. Whatever the reason for the timing of the admission, Mark McGwire is sleeping a little easier tonight.

Tony La Russa has a history with Mark McGwire, not just in St. Louis, but in Oakland as well. It is hard not to notice that he has a soft spot for Big Mac. It seems like this is one of those extremely odd, genuine cases of friend helping friend rather than some type of weird rehabilitation project that La Russa is engaging in because of boredom. La Russa has said he would consider adding McGwire to the active roster at some point during the season. That would make a great story wouldn’t it? I am not hoping to see Mark McGwire return to action in an attempt for redemption (though I am not opposed to the idea). I just hope that he can have a positive impact on the game of baseball this season, even if the impact is minute.

For the outro to this piece, I am requesting the Welcome Back Kotter theme music be played on computers across America. I can wait while you download it “legally” from your bootleg Napster website…Welcome Back la la…

Welcome back Mark McGwire. You did the right thing and I sincerely hope you feel better. The chance to make things right does not present itself too often. When it does, you have to grab it. Good luck with your new gig.

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