You know, I'm all for helping a dude out, even if he's a deluded, selfish, thieving, lying turd.
But Tony LaRussa's compassionate hiring of Mark McGwire might be the greatest thing he's ever done.
For the Cubs.
Because Mark McGwire is at least a Milton Bradley-sized distraction for the Cards.
I spent about 15 minutes coming up with what fans might be yelling at the ballpark, and I'm NOWHERE NEAR as creative as some of the people I've heard there.
After McGwire's just plain stupid performance in the Bob Costas interview, I don't see how he won't become the Conan O'Brien of the coaching world, and by that I don't mean funny. I mean he'll be looking for another job way sooner than he imagined.
In the meantime, I hope people keep piling on the current holder of Major League Baseball's most sacred record.
In today's Chicago Tribune, Phil Rogers has some damning yet awesome quotes from some unexpected people: former Cardinal manager Whitey Herzog and some serious St. Louis royalty - Adolphus A. Busch IV. You can also read about it in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
I expect the McGuire-bashing, but Mr. Busch also takes a pretty good swipe at Bud Selig - "Mark McGwire chose to take performance-enhancing drugs 9 of his 18 years in professional baseball...He was paid millions while perpetrating a fraud. So how is it MLB Commissioner Bud Selig gives him a pass and welcomes McGwire back to the very game he betrayed?"
When this kind back-splash gets all over the Commish's shoes, one would imagine some kind of clean-up is in order. Maybe this is the thing that finally makes Bud find his spine and do something decisive about steroid guys.
That said, I sure hope McGwire's still around on May 28th when the Cards come to town.
How awesome would it be to hear 39,000 fans yelling "McGwire McGwire pants on fire..."?