The following are quotes from Mark McGwireās emotional television interview with MLB Networkās Bob Costas that took place live today at 7:00 p.m. ET about McGwireās admission of using performance enhancing drugs during his career. The exclusive interview was the first television interview granted by McGwire since he admitted using PEDs in a statement earlier today.
Highlights of the interview are below:
ON WHEN EXACTLY HE USED STEROIDS:
āI believe it was the winter of 1989 into 1990. I was given a couple of weekās worth, tried it, never thought anything of it. I just moved on from it. But as far as using it on a consistent basis, it was the winter of 1993 into 1994.ā
ON WHETHER HE THINKS HE WOULD STILL HAVE PERFORMED AS WELL WITHOUT STEROIDS:
āI truly believe so. I believe I was given this gift. The only reason I took steroids was for my health purposes. I did not take steroids to get any gain for any strength purposesā¦ Iāve always had bat speed. I just learned how to shorten my bat speed. I learned how to be a better hitter. Thereās not a pill or an injection that is going to give me -- or any athlete -- the hand-eye coordination to hit a baseball. A pill or an injection will not hit a baseball.ā
ON EXACTLY WHAT PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING DRUGS HE TOOK:
āThe names I donāt remember. But I did injectables. I preferred the orals. The steroids I did were on a very low dosage. I didnāt want to take a lot of it. I took very, very low dosages, just because I wanted my body to feel normal. The wear and tear of 162 ballgames and the status of where I was at, and the pressures that I had to perform, and what I had to go through to try and get through all these injuries, itās a very, very regrettable thing.ā
ON REGRETTING HIS STEROID USE:
āI wish it never came into my life. But weāre sitting here talking about it. Iām so sorry that I have to. I apologize to everybody at Major League Baseball, my family, the Marises, Bud Seligā¦ Today was the hardest day of my life.ā
ON CALLING ROGER MARISā WIDOW THIS MORNING:
āWell, I think she was shocked that I called her. I felt goodā¦I felt that it wasā¦that I needed to do that. Theyāve been great supporters of mine. She was disappointed. She has every right to be. And I couldnāt tell her how so sorry I was.ā
ON THE EVENTS LEADING UP TO THE 2005 CONGRESSIONAL HEARING:
āSo, 2005ā¦Flying back thereā¦I was ready, willing, and prepared to talk about this. I wanted to talk about this. I wanted to get this off my chestā¦ My lawyers, Mark Bierbower and Marty Steinberg -- I meet them back there. We talked about the situation. Marty, a former federal prosecutor, laid out a couple of scenarios. āIf you go out there, and talk about this without protection, thereās a very good chance of a possible prosecution, or grand jury testimonies.ā So, we talk to ā we were in meetings downstairs with Congressman Waxman, andā¦ Congressman Davisā¦ my lawyers were downstairs trying to get immunity for me. I wanted to talk. I kept telling myself, āI want to get this off my chest.ā Well, we didnāt get immunity. So here I am in a situation where I have two scenarios, where a possible prosecution or possible grand jury testimonies. Well you know what happens when thereās a prosecution? You bring in your whole family, you bring in your whole friends, you bring in ex-teammates, coaches, anybody thatās surrounding you. How the heck am I gonna to bring those people in for some stupid act that I did? So you know what I did? We agreed to not talk about the past. And it was not enjoyable to do that, Bob.
ON HIS TESTIMONY BEFORE CONGRESS IN 2005:
āIām gonna tell you right now, standing up there ā or sitting up there, listening, the Hooten family or the other families behind me that lost their loved onesā¦ And every time that I kept on saying āIām not talking about the past,ā I hear these moans. It was killing me. I was not gonna lie. I was not going to lie. I wanted to tell the truth, but because of the position I was in; to protect my family, to protect me, I decided that I would take the hits. I think anybodyās going to take the hits. Iāve been taking hits for five yearsā¦doesnāt feel very good.ā
ON THE HALL OF FAME:
āIām not here doing this for the Hall of Fame. Iām doing this for me, to get this off my chest. I played this game of baseball because I was given the ability to play. If Iām lucky enough to get in there, thatās just icing on the cake. But I played this game because I loved it.ā
ON WHAT HEāD TELL CARDINALS PLAYERS ABOUT STEROIDS:
āIt was the stupidest thing I ever did. Thereās no reason to even go down that road. Itās an illusion. And look what I have to do. Iām sitting here by a stupid mistake.ā
ON POTENTIALLY BEING FORGIVEN BY FANS AND OTHERS:
āWell, Iām asking for a second chance. I hope they give it to me. Because you know, I have a lot to offer. I have a whole rolodex of things that I love to teach hitters, and I canāt wait to get to spring training. I canāt wait to teach, and itās just, itās always been a passion of mine so it just came to a head this last October when Tony sent me a text to see if Iād consider being a hitting coach.ā
Source: MLB Network
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