Hey Bob Gibson! Would you have considered using steroids?
“Absolutely. I’m just happy they weren’t available (when he played), because if I knew somebody else was doing it and appeared to be getting an edge, I think I have would have been tempted.”
Gibson is also less than impressed with the Jack Clarks and Whitey Herzogs of the world, as well as the reporters who keep playing the “this is going to be a distraction” card:
“Those two (Herzog, Clark) aren’t in the Cardinals family. I don’t think that’s going to be an issue with anybody other than between McGwire and them -- which it probably should be. I don’t think it’s their place to criticize him the way they did. There’s always going to be somebody asking a whole bunch of questions but I don’t think the fans are that involved with it. What gets under their skin is reporters constantly delving into it. If the reporters leave it alone, the fans will leave it alone. That’s just the way I see it.”
Obviously people disagree on this stuff, but since Bob Gibson is the man who once told Tim McCarver to shut up in the middle of a ballgame, I’m more likely to see the world the way he sees it.