I’ll admit, I’ve never been that big of a Carlton Fisk fan. Great career, Hall of Famer, orchestrated one of the iconic moments in baseball history. I respected him as a player, but that’s about it.
My god how that has changed. I think I love Carlton Fisk. Seriously.
While many people in and around the baseball community are kissing McGwire’s ass for finally admitting his steroid use, Fisk isn’t buying the bullshit.
And he’ll let you know about it.
“(McGwire) says, ’Well, it doesn’t help eye-and-hand coordination.’ Well, of course it does. It allows you more acuity physically and mentally and optically. You are going to be stronger and you are going to be better,” said Fisk. “Some of these numbers that are out there are really warped. Should they be considered? You saw how McGwire was viewed in the Hall of Fame voting. If you take the length of time that (steroid abusers) use that stuff and subtract 15 or 20 home runs a year for those guys, where are their numbers then?”
Amen brother! Testify!
I love Fisk’s response to McGwire’s (idiotic) claim that ‘roids did not help him hit 70 dingers in 1998.
“That’s a crock,” Fisk said. “There’s a reason they call it performance-enhancing drugs. That’s what it does — performance enhancement. You can be good, but it’s going to make you better. You can be average, but it is going to make you good. If you are below average, it is going to make you average. Some guys who went that route got their five-year, $35 million contracts and now are off into the sunset somewhere. Because once they can’t use (steroids) anymore, they can’t play anymore. And steroids, during that time, probably did as much to escalate players’ salaries as did free agency, as did arbitration, and all of that stuff. It did more than just put home runs up on the board or money in the guys’ pocket.”
The man is on a roll. But it doesn’t stop there. One final word on McGwire’s thought that steroids helped him heal quicker, thereby keeping him in the lineup more often than not.
“Try having your knees operated on and catching for 30 years,” Fisk said. “Do you think you feel good when you go out there? (McGwire) had to stand around and play first base. So excuuuuuse me.”
Whether you think Fisk is being candid, or he’s just deteriorated into a bitter old man (he is 62-years-old), his words ring true–much more true than anything Mark McGwire has spoken in the last week.
[Boston Herald, Image via Wikipedia]