I watched the entire interview between Bob Costas and Mark McGwire on the MLB Network tonight after his stunning announcement that he did indeed use steroids during his career. (Not that it really surprised anyone; the timing was the stunning part.)
It was at times painful to watch. I have always believed that McGwire is a decent man, and that he was mostly sincere in the interview.
But does he really think there was no connection between his steroid use and his power numbers? That he put up those ungodly home run numbers just on good hand/eye coordination and other gifts from God and not from some artificial help?
It's clear the McGwire wanted to get this out of the way before the 2010 season begins and he takes over as the Cardinals' batting coach. But it is just beginning for him. This will dog him the rest of his career as well as the rest of his life.
He will definitely never see the Hall of Fame except as a paying customer.
And I have a feeling he really doesn't care about that. I have to say that it took a lot of courage to do what he did today. He said he felt the need to unburden himself and tell the truth. I hope it's something that will make him sleep better at night.
It is sure as hell something that neither Barry Bonds nor Roger Clemens will ever do.
But he wasn't telling the whole truth on Monday night. Maybe McGwire really and truly believes that there was no connection between steroids and his power numbers. If he does, he can only be called one thing: delusional.