Monday, January 11, 2010

How Far Does Confession Go?

Today Mark McGwire came clean. Sort of.

He admitted what we all knew - that he was juiced back in the late 90's when he was busting the horsehide off the hardball. During those years he (along with Sammy Sosa) gave us a home run derby that was unbelievable. Maris and the Babe were left behind in the dust.

Records are made to be broken, right?

But in an interview today with Bob Costas McGwire denied that the "extra" physical prowess that comes with steroids enabled him to hit more homers.

The argument of the augmented (used by Barry Bonds and repeated today by Big Mac) is that steroids don't enable you to hit the ball - that's all about eye-hand coordination. But to say they have no impact on the distance of your hits? And the added strength you get from steriods does increase bat speed. And increased bat speed not only helps you catch up with a 95 mph fastball, but also adds to the distance of the hit. Right?


The Greek language and biblical word for "confess" is homologeo, which means "to say (logeo) the same (homo) thing. In other words to agree that I did whatever. But does confession fall short when we're still in denial about its ramifications?

Just wondering.

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