I couldn't let the evening pass without commenting on Mark McGwire's sad but admirable admission of steroid use and his fascinating interview tonight on MLB Network. When I was a kid, my dad back in Oklahoma used to listen to an old country singer named Roy Acuff. Frankly, I hated his music but I remember an Acuff album called, "I can forgive but I can't forget". That was a philosophy I could appreciate then, and after I read McGwire's admission earlier today and watched his extended interview tonight on MLB I felt forgiveness (not forgetfullness) was the right approach.
Then I looked up the quote and found that it actually comes from a minister in the 1800s, Henry Ward Beecher, who said: “I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note - torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.”
Will we forgive Mark McGwire or simply forget?
Bob Costas proved once again tonight in his interview with McGwire that he is among the greatest baseball journalists of all time. The MLB team of analysts who critiqued the interview afterward were less impressive with the exception of Harold Reynolds and Peter Gammons (of course).
What does Cape Nation make of all this?