As has been reported by a number of outlets, Mark McGwire today admitted that he used steroids and human growth hormone "on and off" for about a decade.
Well. You don't say.
I don't really care much about steroids. I mean, they're bad, duh. But the outrage and betrayal I felt when Rafael Palmeiro tested positive has given way to just a dull annoyance that I have to hear about them AGAIN. Pitchers used steroids. Hitters used steroids. Everybody used steroids! At this point I just want to get on with baseball. The hand wringing and media hoopla is frankly more than I can care about.
When McGwire was hired as the Cardinals hitting coach it became just a matter of time before we heard a statement from him on the issue. It was bound to be a questions asked by reporters and McGwire had to head them off at the pass.
While for the most part McGwire sounds remorseful in his statement, I roll my eyes mightily at, "I did this for health purposes. There's no way I did this for any type of strength use." Um, ok, Mark. Whatever helps you sleep at night.
If you want to see how Cardinals fans are reacting, check out the post at Viva el Birdos.