Stunning Mark McGwire Revalation: Yes, That Was 12 Freakin' Years Ago

Bryan GoldbergSenior Writer IJanuary 12, 2010

ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 12:  Mark McGwire #25 of the St.Louis Cardinals salutes the crowd during team introductions before Game three of the National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on October 12, 2001 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Diamondbacks won 5-3.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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It's so hard to believe, that it almost boggles the mind.

And the more one reflects upon it, the more the incredulity begins to take shape.

Honestly, I'm still in shock.

Yes, as absolutely impossible as it is to believe, and despite all instincts telling me otherwise, the facts are what they are:


Or, put differently:

*Children who were four years old at the time—and thus too young to even comprehend the historic nature of the home run race—are now old enough to drive cars.

*Back then, the word 'google' was used infinitely less frequently than the word 'gaggle'. And, let's face often did any of us encounter a large family of geese?

*In 1998, human beings were very unevolved, and the typical man or woman had an IQ of about twelve. How dumb were they? Dumb enough to believe that an over-the-counter milkshake called "Creatine" could produce 20-inch biceps.

*The puppy who sat at your feet while you watched Big Mac crank out No. now a great-grandparent. Or dead. Sorry, if he's dead.

*Sammy Sosa was black in 1998. Now...

*The Bill Clinton sex scandal was driving everybody crazy. The amazing stories of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa provided a welcome diversion from that cheater. Now, the news of McGwire's cheating has finally bounced Tiger Woods' cheating from the headlines.


Today's admission confirms what very few of us have been willing to admit: We are old.