Two men – both former teammates, both cheaters.
Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire serve as two very different case studies from the same controversy.
One man, Canseco, has shamelessly profited from his time as a cheater, and has also profited by outing his former colleagues. Meanwhile, McGwire has mostly hidden from his past, never denying the allegations, but also refusing to admit to them (until recently). Canseco has played the role of Town Crier, while McGwire has plead the Fifth Amendment.
Although their paths both begin at virtually the same point, their actions have led them to two completely different places. Today, McGwire still finds himself gainfully employed within the constructs of Major League Baseball, despite the allegations and eventual admission to cheating, while Jose Canseco finds himself sharing headlines with Vanilla Ice and Screech from Saved By The Bell as he squared off against Danny Partridge (Bonaduce) and Vai Sikahema in Celebrity Boxing.
When Canseco released his book “Juiced” he was criticized as being a pariah in baseball, a rumor-mongering rat who sold his so-called friends down the river for his own benefit. Yet with every new admission, Canseco gets to put another notch in the “I told you so” column. Meanwhile, McGwire has attempted to fly quietly under the radar. He has made no waves, pointed no fingers, and NOW has apologized for his actions.
They are two cheaters with two tarnished reputations, but there is even honor among thieves and cheats, right?
Between Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco, who has more credibility?
Does that fact that Jose Canseco – who has been outspoken and boldly honest about his steroid use – is continually proven correct make him a more credible source than the recently admitted cheater Mark McGwire, who refused to address the allegations until very recently, an admission coincidentally timed with his hiring as the new hitting coach of the St. Louis Cardinals?
Babe Ruthless will argue that Jose Canseco is indeed more credible than Mark McGwire, while Loyal Homer will argue on McGwire’s behalf.
Although one of our debaters will ultimately be named winner for their “support” of these two men, there are not any REAL winners. Instead, McGwire, Canseco, and hundreds of others continue only to make losers of themselves AND of those fans who have been lied to. Especially those who, like me, grew up idolizing the Bash Brothers and their seemingly mythical feats, only to find out that like so many other childhood illusions, they were, in fact, mythical.