I don't believe I've ever written this in this blog, and I'm sure it's not going to win me any new fans, but my close friends will tell you that I've always felt Hank Aaron to be something of a self-serving and sometimes race-baiting hypocrite. He has taken up trying to be some sort of ambassador or spokesperson for the game of baseball, but to me it all comes across as him being an ambassador of himself.
Well, today he chimed in on Mark McGwire's admission of steroid use:
"I think that it's wonderful that he did this," said Hank Aaron, whose 755 home runs were the most in baseball history until Barry Bonds— indicted by a grand jury for allegedly lying about steroid use — broke the record in 2007. "It takes a big man to admit this and I want to commend him for that.
"He has asked for forgiveness. He has my forgiveness. If that's all that stands in the way between him being inducted into Cooperstown we should all forgive him. I'm extremely happy he came out with this. Now baseball goes on to another chapter."
Do you remember just this past summer when Aaron wanted to close the Hall of Fame's doors to steroids users?
“If it’s proven that you took any kind of drug or substance, then you shouldn’t be there [in the Hall]. Like I said, the game has no place for cheaters.”Well which is it? It appears now that McGwire has come grovelling to the almighty home run king, proving that he is less of a man and no longer a threat to the king's legacy, that the king can now pretend that he is Mark McGwire's best friend. I find that kind of nauseating.
Bash away. It's just how I see it.