UNDATED - Just four-and-a-half short years after his debacle at Capitol Hill, Mark McGwire is finally ready to talk about the past.
Few forget that day, when he was called upon to address the steroids issue in baseball but refused to address anything regarding his time in the league.
The Associated Press broke the news earlier today after McGwire called and admitted he used steroids during the year he broke the single-season home run record.
"I wish I had never touched steroids," McGwire said in a statement. "It was foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize. Looking back, I wish I had never played during the steroid era."
An anonymous source also confirmed that McGwire used human growth hormone, or HGH, during that time period. McGwire did not mention this in his statement, however.
McGwire first experimented with steroids in the late '80s and early '90s, and off and on throughout the '90s. At first, he took them in response to injuries to speed up his recovery and return to the field.
I guess he liked the results in the batting cages as well.
This report should not really surprise anyone, considering how transparent he was in the 2005 hearing, but it at least allows him to get past it all and concentrate on more important matters, like coaching.
This news also sheds light on whether or not he will ever get into the Hall of Fame. On one hand, voters might give him credit for admitting his wrongdoing and show him sympathy. On the other hand, it might actually take away the few people who were actually voting for him.
Given his low percentage every year (he has yet to crack 25 percent of the votes), I find it hard to believe he will make up ground before his 15 years on the writers' ballot run out.
It will be interesting to see how the Veterans Committee responds to these allegations down the line—if they even remember.
It seems that after someone admits to using PEDs, after a while people forgive and forget. Most baseball fans have forgiven Andy Pettitte, but those same people are hammering Roger Clemens for not coming clean, myself included.
For McGwire, this was a long time coming.