Whatever else happens, Mark McGwire will always have Tony La Russa by his side.
Last week at baseball's winter meetings, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, La Russa changed the subject from Rickey Henderson's Hall of Fame candidacy to that of McGwire, whom he managed with the A's and Cardinals.
"This steroid issue, that's a matter of integrity, right?" La Russa said. "That's one way to describe it, right? Well, it occurred to me, I know that I've never spoken much about it at all, but this guy did something that screams integrity. ... How many guys do we know that had a contract like he had?"
In 2001, McGwire walked away from the remaining two years and $30 million left on his deal. "That, to me, there's a certain integrity for the sport, for self-respect and everything," La Russa said.
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