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Rickey Henderson is proud of Mark McGwire

Apr 17, 2010, 10:23 AM EDT

Rickey Henderson.jpgRicky Henderson, who is currently working in the Athletics’ organization as a roving instructor, talked about his former teammate and current Cardinals hitting coach Mark McGwire during a news conference with Single-A Stockton on Friday.

“It made him a better man,” Henderson said. “He realized that the truth
had to come out as it is. It was haunting him and hurting him and he was
feeling guilty about it, so he wanted to get it off his chest and move

“That era, everybody got into a situation that they found something that
gave them an edge,” Henderson said. “At that time, it wasn’t really
illegal, and we couldn’t find out what it was doing to the ballplayer —
helping them or hurting them. Now that it’s come out that was something
bad for the game, (McGwire) came out and spoke the truth.”

There’s very little in the way of revelations here. It’s pretty sad that he is being asked about meaningless garbage like this instead of the work that he is doing with young and hopefully clean ballplayers, but this a burden nearly every player of that era will have to live with in interviews from now until infinity.

  1. ditmars1929 - Apr 17, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    “ wasn’t really illegal..”
    Rickey, you meathead, it was totally illegal. Possession and use of steroids without a doctor’s prescription is illegal under U.S. law. Just because the laws of baseball didn’t specifically say steroid usage wasn’t against baseball’s rules, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t illegal, dimwit. Murder and rape are illegal in the U.S., but I doubt there’s a rule about that written down in baseball’s book. OK, that’s probably going a bit too far, but you see my point.

  2. VA_Friar - Apr 17, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    If, in that era, “everybody got… something that gave them an edge” what was Ricky getting?

  3. adam - Apr 17, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    same thing everyone else was. greenies the team was providing.

  4. Cheap Shot - Apr 17, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    You ever break the speed limit before, against the law. He never said he didn’t break the law, the question was it cheating under the rules of baseball, and it wasn’t at the time. You don’t think the owners knew, they turned thier heads the other way, just as the league did, and when the public demanded accountablilty the the owners and league officials turned their backs. Character wise he is one of the best players who gave his time to battered woman and thier children. Get over the steroid thing, put an asterick on it and move on.

  5. scatterbrian - Apr 17, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Pretty sure he meant they weren’t really illegal under the rules of baseball, which didn’t have testing in place when McGwire played. And yes, your murder/rape analogy is taking it way too far. Not even close to acceptable.

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