|He was lying?! But I thought glasses denoted truthfulness?
B.Q.E's (best quotes ever) are some of my fave posts to do: they essentially write themselves thanks to the sheer idiocy of the quotee. Today's addition to the B.Q.E. files is no exception, as Mark McGwire decided at last to come clean about his past steroid use after 10+ years of unyielding (and unconvincing) denials to everyone from fans to congress. In a lengthy statement that covered everything from his dedication to his new job as Cardinals' hitting coach to a list of injuries he felt justified his juicing (at the time), Big Mac admitted to using steroids throughout the '90s, including during the 1998 season when he broke the home run record (good thing Bonds broke it again a couple years later and brought dignity back to baseball!).
The statement itself is somewhat dry, likely written by an adviser of some sort, and hence not the ideal source for humorous quotes. Once he got on the horn with reporters, the fun began! He was very emotional and had some interesting things to say about his previous denials and the reasons he used steroids. Let's look at the highlights:
On how coming clean feels:
"It's very emotional, it's telling family members, friends and coaches, you know, it's former teammates to try to get a hold of, you know, that I'm coming clean and being honest. It's the first time they've ever heard me, you know, talk about this. I hid it from everybody."
No, you didn't - everyone knew you were juicing. Denying something doesn't mean you hid it, it just means you're a liar.
On whether the steroid use contributed to his many injuries that prompted his retirement:
"That's a good question." And that's a bad answer.
On his 2005 lie-fest at the congressional hearings (for which he now blames his lawyers' advice):
"That was the worst 48 hours of my life." Lying to congress wasn't pleasant? Aw, we feel so bad for you.
And the quote that may never be topped by another B.Q.E.:
"I did this for health purposes. There's no way I did this for any type of strength use."
See, everyone? Injecting steroids over and over and over and over again was strictly a health regimen; those beefy American Gladiator arms that jacked a gazillion home runs were a side effect. The motive was health.
Many thanks to Big Mac for the comic relief on this Monday!
Labels: best. quote. ever, haha...ha., steroids