DON’T FORGET McGWIRE in PED MESS
Can we stop pretending? Articles by three Post-Dispatch sportswriters recently heaped harsh and deserved criticism on the suspended Ryan Braun. They called him gutless, a cheater, and “perhaps more damning, a liar.” They derided him for using and hurting innocent people.
Because the most infamous proven occurrence of PED cheating in baseball happened in St. Louis, the recent articles were conspicuous by the virtual absence of references to Mark McGwire. Two of the articles did not mention him. The one that did only said that McGwire was ratted out by a teammate, and gave him a pat on the wrist for withering in front of Congress.
It’s time to face reality: If the words fit Braun, they certainly fit McGwire.
He, too, was gutless cheater. He used Roger Maris’ wife and her children to advance his image. His motivation for coming clean was to get something in return, a coaching job. He did not save baseball, as he is credited with in St. Louis.
McGwire is in no small part responsible for what Barry Bonds, Braun and many others have done to critically wound baseball and destroy its most hallowed records.
Martin Igel • St. Charles
ROSENTHAL SHOULD BE CLOSING
Imagine the following scenario: Game 7 of the World Series, ninth inning, Fenway Park, Cardinals winning by one run.
Who do you want on the mound? Be honest. Edward Mujica or Trevor Rosenthal?
We all know what Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will do, and we all know what he really should do.
Make the change now. Rosenthal is a young Roger Clemens.
Reward Mujica with a big financial bonus for his great work, not with the opportunity to let World Series championship No. 12 slip away when David Ortiz hits the home run.
Let Cardinals fans go crazy when Rosenthal strikes him out on a 100-mph heater.
Bob Sontag • St. Louis
WESTBROOK CAUSING ROAD RAGE
Considering the Cardinals’ Jake Westbrook’s road record, and his history of ‘pitching’ in Pittsburgh, can’t someone other than me think to skip his turn in a series there?
I thought the idea is to try to win every game.
Scott Miller • St. Louis