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|Oh brother! McGwire again|
You've got to be kidding me.
The New York Times reported that there is little interest among big publishing companies is backing Jay McGwire's book on his brother, Mark, using steriods.
One theory is that the public is tired of reading and hearing about athetes and steroids.
My question is this the same public that watches Nancy Grace every night to see if Casey Anthony perhaps sneezed twice today while watching officials comb the woods where Caylee Marie was found for the 1,000th time?
My feeling is that is Jay McGwire writes a book about his brother, there will be a bunch of baseball fans and non-baseball fans in line to grab it off the shelf before the ink dries.
America loves dirty laundry and they love relatives ratting on relatives.
A movie of the week is sure to follow, if HBO doesn't jump at it first.
Maybe we can call it, "O Brother Where Art Thou and What's With the Syringe?"
For the record, Jay's little brother Mark, who probably stayed in the shadow of his big little brother all his life, is a former body builder and steroid-user who wants to get paid for clearing his conscience. He's shopping a book that says Mark used steroids and human growth hormone. Jay writes that he personally got big brother started on the hard stuff in 1994.
And, yes, I got tired of hearing about the whole McGwire deal and don't want to hear any more about Roger Clemens and Andy Pettite.
But guess what. When something happens, it will lead ESPN and all the bloggers will be talking about.
Sure, I would love to see McGwire come clean and admit to his wrongdoing.
Would it help his standing in the eyes of Hall of Fame voters, and more imporant, the fans?
McGwire was rejected by voters on three consecutive Hall of Fame ballots and that probably will not change. Pete Rose finally came around about his gambling problem, but it hasn't opened many doors for him.
But I believe it would show more of the human side of McGwire and eventually folks would warm up to him a little more.
McGwire and Sammy Sosa captivated America with their home run chase back in 1998.
No one wanted to believe the whole thing was tainted.
But they believed when McGwire embarrassed himself in front of Congress by refusing to talk and saying, "I'm not here to talk about the past."
Unfortunately for you Mark, little brother is.
Cue it up, Soggy Bottom Boys.
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