Finally Mark McGwire has come out and admitted to using steroids and other PED’s when he was playing baseball. This is a long way from him telling Congress he is not there to talk about the past. It’s a step in the right direction for him and for the book to finally be shut on him and steroids. With this said, it has opened a smaller door for something else now. Even after the whole fiasco of Jose Canseco coming out with his book Juiced that may have started all of these witch hunts to find out who is dirty and who isn’t, the story isn’t over yet. McGwire insisted that what Canseco said about injecting him is false and he called Jose a liar. That for one thing isn’t going to calm anything down, it will now make one of the parties (Jose Canseco) come out and defend himself. He is going to take it to every media outlet he can to make sure his comments are out there also. This may or may not have just restarted this battle between the Bash Brothers.
When Canseco came out with his book, he claimed a bunch of guys were dirty which at first was somewhat hard to believe coming from Jose. Vindication was all his in the next few years. Rafael Palmiero denied he took anything and then got busted for steroids. Juan Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriquez and even Alex Rodriguez, all were named and have all either admitted to juicing or have been linked to performance-enhancers. The big question is; do we thank Jose for bringing this all to the table or blame him for all of this happening in the recent years? Was this good for baseball in the long run, to name all of these guys and have numerous records broken by possible cheaters? Even Jose has admitted he thought it might have been wrong to name the guys and do this to baseball, but in the long run, maybe this was for the better.
Jose Canseco joined ESPN Radio Chicago with Waddle & Silvy to talk about Mark McGwire coming out and admitting steroid use,
Asked how he feels after seeing the interview with Bob Costas and if he feels vindicated:
“Well I mean, I watched McGwire’s interview with Bob Costas and I’ve got no problem with some of the things he said. It’s ironic and strange for Mark McGwire to deny I injected him with steroids and he’s calling me a liar again. You know, I’ve defended Mark, I know a lot of good things about him. I can’t believe he just called me a liar. There’s something very strange going on here. I’m wondering what it is. I even polygraphed that I injected him, and I passed it completely. So I want to challenge him on national TV to a polygraph examination. I want to see him call me a liar under a polygraph examination. I understand why he is doing this, maybe to diffuse my book “Juiced”, because I think eventually maybe baseball will be sued by my attorneys. It seems like he’s trying to make everything I said about Major League Baseball a lie. So it’s strange, it’s very strange, he kind of admits everything, but doesn’t admit I injected him.”
Asked what he thought of the comments made by Tony LaRussa about him:
“Well let’s start with the accusations. Listen guys, I’m tired of justifying what I’ve had to say. I’ve been polygraph; I’ve proved that I’m 100% accurate. I never exaggerate; I told it the way it actually happened. I’m the only one who told it the way it actually happened. So I don’t understand why there are these exaggerations, I mean it’s like Major League Baseball is still trying to defend itself. It’s strange; all I have is the truth. I’ve proven that. My book is 100% accurate. I mean, it’s just ridiculous. You know sometimes you just want this stuff to go away. I’ve been a great supporter of McGwire, his talent, and ability. I still believe with or without steroids he would have broken the home run record. I mean, I’ve said it, but now McGwire is going on Costas and calling me a liar, and kind of rehashing this, so now I’ve got to get involved again and defend myself.”
Asked if anyone should believe what McGwire said in his interview:
“Well I am watching TV now…I’ve watched it three times and you know you have to believe that he believes that steroids didn’t help him because he’s got that kind of talent and a lot of players watched him and say that. I believe some of the interview is honest, whether it’s truthful or not, I believe he believes it. I believe he is sorry about using steroids, I believe he has a lot to give to the game of baseball and young players. I think he’s kind of lost in the sense that he’s obviously lying about me and I don’t know why he would do that, there’s only one reason he would say that chapter in my book about him doesn’t exist or never happened, it’s kind of weird. I mean you already admitted using steroids, so why dig a deeper hole with me by saying I never injected you Mark, that’s ridiculous. He knows I have to comment on it, he knows I have to rehash this, why do that.”
Asked if it was truthful that Tony LaRussa said it was the first time he knew of McGwire’s steroid use from his interview:
“That’s an absolute blatant lie. Blatant lie. Tony LaRussa was quoted as saying that I was using steroids back then and I was talking about it in the clubhouse openly. That’s a blatant lie. There are some things here that are so ridiculous and so disrespectful to the public, and the media to believe and their making comments on it, I just can’t believe it, I’m in total shock, I mean these guys remind me of politicians that go up there and just lie to the public and expect to get elected. Then when they get elected they do nothing for the public, I feel like I’m watching some presidential candidate going out for the presidency, this is unreal, it’s like I’m watching a reality TV show.”
Listen to Jose Canseco on ESPN Radio Chicago with Waddle & Silvy (7:35 into podcast)