Mark McGwire: No Runs, No Hits, Marks his Lot in Errors
Mark McGwire drawing by artist John Robertson
The first thing the newly hired St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach, Mark McGwire needs to tell the players is the difference between human growth hormones (HGH), bovine growth hormone (bGH) and no hormones – and it has nothing to do with utters. He needs to tell the players some side effects of steroids are reversible but other effects are never changed in the minds of the public.
By admitting he took steroids and bGH Mark McGwire inflated his statistics and his body. In 1996 McGwire hit 50 home runs with 390 official times at bat – every 7.8 times he was at the plate. Babe Ruth did that eating candy bars and "light drink." When listening to McGwire’s infamous performance before House Government Reform Committee in March 2005 there were short pauses while viewers smothered their faces with laughter. McGwire didn’t hit 135 home runs in two years on bonbons. On Mark McGwire’s Charity web site there is a remark that McGwire is now working against bed-wetting with the National Kidney Foundation. Geez, I wonder why?
Originally the baseball was made so you couldn’t hit it easily, high, or far, so 60 home runs a season hitters are usually pituitary freaks. But we want our players to be made by nature not in the lab. Remember when baseball players were small? (For example: PeeWee Reese). Joe DIMaggio was only 6 feet 2 inches and weighed 193 pounds. Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? There is a generation out there that thinks DiMaggio invented the coffee maker.
Like Joe DiMaggio, Mark McGwire is only a symbol – of what things were what things are and what things will be. I guess we, as fans, get what we deserve. I just prefer not to see the "Mark McGwire’s of the world riding in a convertible waving to a frenzied crowd.