Line of the Day
The Associated Press surveyed about 20
percent of eligible voters, and only one in four who gave an opinion
plan to vote for [Mark] McGwire this year. That's far short of the 75
percent necessary to gain induction.
When he hit 70 homers in 1998 -- breaking the mark of 61 Roger Maris had set 37 years earlier -- McGwire became a national hero for his Paul Bunyan-like physique and feats. ... But his reputation plummeted following allegations [of steroid use and] McGwire's testimony to a congressional committee on March 17, 2005, when he repeatedly avoided questions, saying time after time: ''I'm not here to talk about the past.''
McGwire will instead be awarded the Donald Rumsfeld Memorial Award, given to the person who's personal stock has fallen furthest from its original high. Theeaward is named for an obscure old man, who was once touted as a brilliant Pentagon reformer. Former recipients of the award include Karl Rove, Kobe Bryant, and Mel Gibson. Future recipients will include the Baseball Writers of America once people realize that they threw McGwire overboard, but kept the awards, bonuses, and promotions they reaped by following his every move in 1998.