One last strikeout from a steroid era chump — who could have been a contender.
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It is apparent that steroids probably gave McGwire, and others, an extra edge, but not the whole of their powers. Had he stayed clean, his home run total might be a fraction lower — or perhaps a fraction higher, injuries being a side effect. We will never know, which is the historical (as aside from the human) tragedy of the steroid era. Baseball, a game of such measured precision, has lost a generation of data to the ambitions of men whose egos wrestled with their sense of honor and won.
McGwire could do much to restore his reputation and his honor by making himself the leading anti-steroid advocate among former professional athletes. He could, and should, make anti-doping the mission of the remainder of his life. His message: This, kids, is where doping gets you — shunned and crippled, with a promising career ended before it had to be, and the knowledge that immortality is forever out of reach.
That choice would do much to make up for the choice that got him here. Barring that, however, his integrity remains in question, apology notwithstanding. But as he said, he is a product of his era. And if that is all he is, then can we really expect any more from him than an apology of dubious selflessness, fingers crossed that one day a ticket to Cooperstown can be bought so cheaply?
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online