ST. LOUIS -- Back at Busch Stadium for the first time since retiring, Mark McGwire had little to say about steroids in baseball.
"Well, I'm really not in touch with any of that stuff because I
usually hear it from friends and stuff, and I tell them I don't
want to really hear about any of that stuff," McGwire said
Saturday. "I don't really have any opinion on any of that stuff.
It's just very unfortunate."
McGwire, who admitted using a legal supplement, androstenedione,
during his 70-homer season in 1998, made his first public
appearance in St. Louis since retiring after the 2001 season.
He threw out the ceremonial first pitch and was given a standing
ovation by the crowd of 46,471 before the Cardinals' 8-4 victory
over the Colorado Rockies. He fielded only one question from
reporters about steroids.
The personal trainer for Barry Bonds was among four men indicted
in February for allegedly distributing steroids to professional
athletes. Greg Anderson pleaded not guilty.
Bonds, who broke McGwire's record with 73 homers in 2001, has
denied using illegal steroids. The others players who testified
before the grand jury also have denied using illegal steroids.
More than 5 percent of tests of major league players last year
came back positive for steroid use, triggering testing with
penalties for those who test positive this year.
Federal authorities seized the results and samples of drug tests
on selected major league players from a drug-testing lab. Those
results were to remain anonymous under baseball's labor contract.
In 1999, McGwire said he had stopped taking androstenedione
because he didn't want to be a negative influence on youngsters.
McGwire hit 583 homers, sixth on the career list. He followed
his 70-homer season with 65 in 1999 but was hampered by a knee
injury his last two seasons, batting .187 with 29 homers in 2001.
He will be 41 in October and never regretted his decision to
"I'm good to my word," he said. "It's been three years now
and I'm not getting any younger. I'm really enjoying what I'm doing
right now, being a father."
Since he retired, McGwire hasn't watched a major league game in
its entirety. He's busied himself raising his two young sons,
18-month-old Max and 3-month-old Mason.
"I've moved on and I'm enjoying life," McGwire said.