The Incipient Mewlings of CodeBlueBlog
Before the blogging era, when I was dashing off letters to the editor -- and whoever else would listen -- I wrote to the Palm Beach Post shortly after Mark McGwire broke Roger Maris' single season home run record.
In that letter to the editor, that was published, I stated that McGwire was a cheat, a person whose body was so grossly deformed by steroids that only a FOOL would deny it.
The evidence was qualitative and quantitative. McGwire admitted to taking androstenedione, a testosterone precursor which Major League Baseball had yet to ban (citing ridiculous claims that it was a suplement and not a steroid). Then there were the images of McGwire as a rookie and as a record-breaker -- impossibly disparate images of a man and a monster.
It was my claim that medically, no man could undergo such a transmogrification.
I still have the hate mail that followed and I clearly remember the aspersions of my colleagues and the total oblivion to which my comments were relegated until I read today's New York Times (subscription):
Perfect Season to Perfect Storm: Steroids Taint McGwire Legacy
In the course of this winter, the face of steroids has morphed from Jason Giambi to Barry Bonds to McGwire, an uneasy transformation for Major League Baseball and for many of its fans. While Giambi is a star in decline and Bonds was not particularly popular in the first place, McGwire has been regarded as the sport's savior ever since he and Sammy Sosa began their 1998 assault on the single-season home run record that Roger Maris established in 1961.
I was right by a mile.
It took seven years for the press to catch up.