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The best outrage so far

Jan 12, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

I think the best bit of McGwire spleen I’ve seen so far comes from the New York Post’s Kevin Kernan. Unlike a lot of the cutesy people who are trying to explain why, exactly, McGwire’s apology doesn’t cut the mustard and parsing words and all of that, Kernan just lets fly about the evils of steroids and how baseball has lost it’s soul.  It’s perversely refreshing.

It’s the kind of thing that makes me wonder which anti-drug charity he donates the royalties to his book, “Roger Clemens, Baseball Superstar.”  Which was edited, curiously enough, by the author of the book “Mark McGwire: Home Run Hero.”

UPDATE: Reader ralphdibny found this gem.  Kernan equates A-Rod’s steroid use with getting one’s hands caught in the cookie jar, and calls his confession — which, unlike McGwire’s, was forced, not voluntary — “a positive first step in the rebuilding process.”

  1. Rays fan - Jan 12, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    I realize I’ve said this already elsewhere, but it belongs on every post about sportswriters and their outrage about steroid use in baseball:
    The Hall of Fame voters are writers who’ve been members of the BBWAA for at least 10 years. In other words, last year was the first time it was even possible for ANY voter to have not been a baseball writer during the 1998 McGwire-Sosa homerun chase. It’s still impossible for any voter to not have been a reporter during the steroid era. Nobody has the access to the players and the locker rooms that the reporters do. There are only three possibilities–they’re lousy reporters, they turned a blind eye and chose not to know, or they themselves knew about steroid use and were part of the problem. Very few talked about steroids as a problem until the BALCO story broke, and fewer have given any sort of explanation as to what they did or didn’t know and why.
    They’re the ones I want to see “come clean,” especially when they justify their ballots.

  2. Simon DelMonte - Jan 12, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    There is a fourth possibility: they didn’t care. Which would make the present day noisemakers hypocrites, wouldn’t it?

  3. Phil - Jan 12, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Jesus Herschel Christ, what tripe! I realize that we have long passed the point where intelligent commentary has been swept aside by poseurs feigning righteous indigation and moral outrage. It’s the reason frauds like Glenn Beck have jobs. It’s truly a shame that the Post doesn’t provide a holographic representation of this twit. Then he could cry us a river like Glenn does, too.

  4. Tom - Jan 12, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    I still have a hard time believing that anyone really cares. Nobody cares at all that nearly everyone in the NFL (and probably college as well) takes steroids, nor do they particularly seem to care that anyone in any other sport (golf, hockey, basketball, etc) except for baseball, track and field, and cycling. No one also cares if anyone before the mid-90’s took steroids either.

  5. ralphdibny - Jan 12, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Kernan on A-Rod’s admission:
    Take a record away from a Yankee, and you can never be forgiven. Help the Yankees win a World Series, and all is forgiven.

  6. Joey B - Jan 12, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Wow, I guess some people don’t embarrass easily. Either that, or he forgot what he wrote. On one hand, we almost have to be thankful that we have players of ARod’s moral fiber, OTOH, McGwire is a POS. Interesting perspective from Mr. Kernan. There really wasn’t one iota of difference between what ARod did and said, and what Mac did and said.
    Unless you’re a Yankee fan.

  7. Michael - Jan 13, 2010 at 11:50 PM

    I’m waiting for all these baseball writers to become so disillusioned by steroids that they quit and do something else.

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