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How the resurrection of Jesus determines whether Mark McGwire should be in the Hall of Fame


  • K.Penegar 6 years ago

    The night's sleep did good work, Ken! Only half-joking: if in time, some time to come, in the greater light of Mcgwire's longer life, the Hall of Fame board takes another look at the era of steroid usage, they might choose to honor the man's life in the sport of baseball. But there will be more to consider, presumably, than the recent confession alone.

    Our lives are worth living even after mistakes and bad judgments have been made. They mean something altogether, especially perhaps after trials have been endured, consequences paid, and fresh courage to be ... has been found. Mcgwire should take heart from what he has now done and let others worry about honors ... Perhaps his friends and supporters, too, should do the same.

    Thanks, Ken, for the insights and stimulation.

  • Patrick 6 years ago


    If you knew at the time that these players were using steroids to hit home runs and gain, wealth, admiration and respect then you would not have even given that discussion a second thought. The top ten home run holders have now have 4 with the * by their name. These four men should be removed this list and placed in the footnotes of the record book and in the basement section of the hall of fame. Any player that has any self respect will ask to have his name removed from the record books and reject any invitation to the hall of fame.
    1 Barry Bonds 762*
    2 Hank Aaron 755
    3 Babe Ruth 714
    4 Willie Mays 660
    5 Ken Griffey, Jr. (19) 630
    6 Sammy Sosa 609*
    7 Frank Robinson 586
    8 Mark McGwire 583*
    Alex Rodriguez (30) 583*
    10 Harmon Killebrew 573


  • Bobby Thym 6 years ago

    After hearing Bill Clinton explain that he never had "sex" in the White House and after never hearing W. admit that he made a mistake, it's actually quite refreshing to hear McGuire fess up to using 'roids. However, Dan Patrick brings up a good point: Did he have to hire Ari Flescher to help him manage the story? Does this affect how we interpret his honesty? And a lot of sports pundits are declaring that the McGuire story was overshadowed by the Lane Kiffen's "betrayal."
    Having said that, I have to side with you on this issue. Babe Ruth was certainly no saint, and we won't talk about Ty Cobb. I love your essays about baseball. Have you read the Universal Baseball Association? If you haven't, I think you would like it. There is also a neat footnote in Frederick Karl's Contemporary Fictions 1945-1985 where he discusses how the baseball novel addresses the theme of the American Pastoral.


  • Ken Swanson 6 years ago

    To Bobby: It's interesting that when I was listening to Mark McGwire's "apology" I kept thinking about Bill Clinton's, "It depends on how you define 'is'." To my mind, neither ARod or McGwire were fully transparent. It's so much easier to forgive when it feels like someone just lays it out and is willing to face the consequences.
    I haven't read Coover's book, but after reading your comment I went online to find out about it. Now I have something to look forward to reading. Thanks for the tip. Blessings to you. Ken

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