McGwire has a road map, but also a guide

Updated: October 26, 2009, 12:12 PM ET
By Buster Olney
We saw again Sunday night an example of how others have talked about their past use of performance-enhancing drugs and moved on. Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte apologized after his name appeared in the Mitchell report, and he was exceptional against the Angels in Game 6 as he picked up his 16th career postseason victory, which gave him more than any other pitcher in history. Alex Rodriguez was outed as a steroids user in spring training, held a news conference and moved on, and now the monkey is off his champagne-soaked back, John Harper writes.

Pettitte and Rodriguez have provided a possible road map for Mark McGwire to use as he returns to baseball as the Cardinals' hitting coach. The slugger has never really addressed the issue of performance-enhancing drugs since leaving baseball in 2001. He famously appeared at a congressional hearing on March 17, 2005, saying he didn't want to talk about the past.