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Mark McGwire's brother releases tell-all-that-we-already-know book

Feb 25, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

Mark McGwire’s brother Jay is coming out with a book that — brace yourselves, people — says that Mark McGwire used a bunch of steroids:

Estranged from his brother for eight years
because of a family dispute, Jay McGwire has gone public in “Mark and
Me: Mark McGwire and the Truth Behind Baseball’s Worst-Kept Secret,”
which is scheduled for publication Monday by TriumphBooks.

“He knows his game went to the next level because his body went to the
next level,” Jay McGwire said. “He knows. The body, the before and
after pictures, are amazing.”

I know. I’m not sure what to believe either.

In all seriousness, I actually feel kind of bad for Jay. He was trying to sell this as a book over a year ago, back when its contents would have been news, and no one paid him a lick of attention. Only now that everyone knows about it would a publisher take the thing.

And I’m guessing Jay McGwire is not a hard man to find, so when he started talking last year, why didn’t any of the reporters who are so outraged now and who feel that they’re not being told the whole story go talk to him and write a story about it? Why didn’t they take what they could have learned from Jay and then actually, you know, reported the stuff they now complain is being withheld from them?

The answer is that none of the people who have attacked McGwire for not fully coming clean really care about the information. They only want to traffic in outrage. It’s so much easier and so much more satisfying.

  1. Charles Gates - Feb 25, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    He knows his game went to the next level because his body went to the next level
    Jay’s original book, the one that didn’t make it, also revolved around this central concept. It chronicled how, during middle school, whenever Mark asked a girl to go steady (because he had a crush on her), the note always returned back with the ‘No’ box checked.
    Then as Mark progressed through puberty, the sprouts of hair, in previously barren areas, gave him the game to hit homeruns on and off of the diamond. He went from Friday nights spent alone with the Sears catalogue to walking by the actual store in the mall on the way to the movies with the same girl, now a cheerleader, who had previously checked turned him down. It was clear that he had taken his game to the next level. The Sears catalogues were, at this point, handed down to his younger brother, Jay.

  2. Ben - Feb 25, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    Agreed Craig. Reporters want to report news, they don’t care what kind of news it is as long as it gets them good rating/ a lot of readers.

  3. BC - Feb 25, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Sour grapes from the only McGwire brother not to have played a major league professional sport.

  4. YANKEES1996 - Feb 25, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    Mark McGwire was in a kind of revered place in baseball a year ago and maybe the reporters did not really choose to seek out the steroid story, even if steroid use was suspected. The information coming from his estranged brother may have been viewed as questionable as well, who knows? My question is what kind of family dispute would go on for eight years without resolution? My second question would be is that dispute so bad that you would write a book about your brother and a sensitive subject like steroid use and then use it to throw him under the bus? Does he really dislike his brother that badly?

  5. Lawrence From Plattekill - Feb 25, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Then stop doing the same damn thing. If you think we should be better than that, be better than that.

  6. Old Gator - Feb 25, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    Unfortunately, I’ve got a brother like Jay McGwire. Two slugs. I can kill the ones in the garden with a bowl of beer sunk in the ground. Not much you can do about the shambling, bipedal variety though. Too bad.

  7. Rays fan - Feb 25, 2010 at 10:34 PM

    “The answer is that none of the people who have attacked McGwire for not fully coming clean really care about the information. They only want to traffic in outrage. It’s so much easier and so much more satisfying.”
    Nothing to add, just felt such absolute truth should be repeated.

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