You may remember that in March, the US Senate held some legit hearings on steroid use in pro baseball where they interviewed, under oath, several major league baseball players USA TODAY STORY – 03/15/2005)
Among these players were Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, & the since-busted Rafael Palmeiro. Though you could argue it, I don’t believe that a person’s reputation suffered more that has that of McGwire. The Clift Report’s note from the other day got me thinking about it, & how his public perception has gone down the toilet.
What blows me away more than anything is that McGwire refused to even broach the topic of dietary supplements, let alone that of steroids. He comes back with the same, stock answer every time, & it’s killing him in the polls:
“I’m a very positive person and I just wish everybody else would be positive.”
McGwire said he’s aware his image has taken a big hit, but didn’t appear concerned. He said he missed baseball and would like to get back into the sport “some day.”
“I’m enjoying life right now,” he told reporters from The Associated Press and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I know you guys have been very negative towards me and that’s your job, but I’m a very positive person and I’ve moved on.”
Hey Mark – I’m a positve person too – but at this point, all your “positive person” answer does is throw gasoline on the fire, and make it that much less likely that you’ll some day get back into the sport. And that’s sad.