The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
Mark McGwire Refuses to Confirm, Deny Having Played For the Cardinals
Originally posted 3/21/2005

Above: Mark McGwire, seen here during his record-setting 1998 season (photo provided by Mark McGwire)
WASHINGTON, DC - Retired baseball slugger Mark McGwire disappointed many baseball fans this week with his vague, evasive answers before the House Government Reform committee's hearing on steroid abuse in baseball. McGwire, who has repeatedly denied using steroids, failed to specifically do so Thursday. Curiously, McGwire also refused to confirm that he had ever played for the St. Louis Cardinals, the team with which he set the single-season home run record in 1998.

"I'm not here to talk about the past," McGwire said repeatedly when asked about his knowledge of steroid use in baseball during the mid-to-late 1990s, leaving many to wonder why, exactly, he showed up at all.

"Uh, you knew we were going to talk about steroids today, right?" Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) asked McGwire.

"Yes," McGwire responded.

"Didn't you think the past might come up?" Waxman fired back.

"I was hoping it woudn't," McGwire said. "Because I'm not here to talk about it."

When asked by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) about his use of the now-banned supplement androstenedione in 1998 when he was with the Cardinals, McGwire responded, "I'd rather not say whether I played for the Cardinals or not."

When reminded by Rep. Cummings that nearly everyone in the room had seen him play for the Cardinals -- many in person, that playing for the Cardinals is not now nor has ever been illegal, and that he couldn't possibly get in even minimal trouble for admitting that he had played for the Cardinals, McGwire responded, "well... still. Just in case. You're the ones saying I played for the Cardinals, not me."

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