I'm not so much interested in what the congress members ask or what the witnesses answer. I'm just curious to see how much the temperature drops in Washington when Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco share the same room. I'm sure Jose's gonna get quite a few icy stares.
Question: Should I feel any differently about the Bash Brothers era because of the steroids? And never mind how I should feel, how do I actually feel?
Answer: I had always felt rather cheated that the earthquake ruined the joy of winning the World Series in 1989. It wasn't appropriate to whoop it up after what had just happened. It didn't feel as fulfilling as it should to have my team win it all.
Now we know that my "cheated feeling" may have fit the accomplishment quite appropriately.
In those days, I'd always arrive at the ballpark just as the gates opened, because Canseco and McGwire put on a simply amazing show in batting practice every day. I can't look back on it now without bringing back the sense of fun and awe I felt at the time.
So perhaps I should feel bad that this era was tainted with chemical enhancements, but I don't. The relationship might have ended with accusations of cheating and a chilly divorce, but it was sure fun while it lasted. I can't change that.