Rob Dibble: "Mark McGwire is a cheat"
Plenty of people have lobbed criticism toward Mark McGwire in the past few days. But I'm not sure anyone's worked up quite as much indignation as our own Rob Dibble. His opening monologue during his daily Sirius XM show on Tuesday was straight fire, the sort of thing that would have Bob Carpenter scrambling under his desk and looking for cover.
"This guy cheated every player like myself, Steve Trachsel, Don Mattingly, Paul Molitor, anybody who didn't have to use performance enhancing drugs," Dibble said. "I don't care if it's for health, statistics, financial, it doesn't matter....He was one of the best and the chosen few. God gave him an ability better than me, better than 99.9 percent of human beings. Alex Rodriguez is in that category. Manny Ramirez is in that category. They all chose to take it a step further. They need to apologize for duping the fans.
"I find it ironic that McGwire had a list and he waited five years to call these people on the list. Don Hooten, the Maris family and all these other people on this list that he knows he cheated, he knows he lied to. All he is doing here is doing more self-serving stuff so that he can come back to Major League Baseball as a hitting coach. I don't think Major League Baseball should allow Mark McGwire back in the game. So that's my own opinion. This guy has not done enough to tell people the truth."
Was that it? No, that was not it.
"I feel dirty watching Bob Costas sit there and watch Mark McGwire tear up when for every Mark McGwire there's a hundred guys like myself that busted their ass and failed to make it to the Major Leagues or failed to play 10 years in the Major Leagues and their bodies deteriorated," Dibble later said. "John Kruk talked about it, a lifetime .300 hitter. His statistics will not get him in the Hall of Fame because he chose not to go Mark McGwire's route. Mark McGwire is a cheat, he's a liar and he ripped us all off. And he owes the players that did it on the up-and-up - the Eric Davises, the Don Mattinglys, whose statistics fall short of the Hall of Fame - an apology."
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