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“"It's all comical to a certain point," Clark said. "It's a three-ring circus. It really is. From Bud Selig to Tony [La Russa] to A-Rod to Manny Ramirez to Palmeiro. ... What a joke." According to former Athletics outfielder Dave Henderson, it was obvious to players that some of their teammates were engaged in steroid use. "We didn't actually see McGwire or Canseco do steroids, but when you shower with a player every day, you notice their body and muscular [transformation], and these guys got big overnight," Henderson said in an interview with WXOS (101.1 FM) radio in St. Louis, according to the Post-Dispatch. "We kind of knew something was up. We're not dumb." But Henderson doubted whether La Russa had direct knowledge or even suspected the steroid use. "The manager doesn't shower with us," Henderson said. "We all have clothes on when we're with the manager, but I'm sure he probably figured something was up. But it's not his job to be a cop. He was in quite a quandary. If you accuse a player of doing steroids and he's not, you're in big trouble." Other former players backed La Russa's assertions. "We all saw the same thing -- Mark McGwire working very hard," former outfielder and 1999 All-Star Brian Jordan said. "I know I was taken by surprise by this." Jordan told the Post-Dispatch there was no talk of steroids around the Cardinals' clubhouse or in the manager's office in the late 1990s.
I'm sure he probably figured something was up. But it's not his job to be a cop. He was in quite a quandary. If you accuse a player of doing steroids and he's not, you're in big trouble.” -- Ex-A's outfielder Dave Henderson
on Tony La Russa
“"I trust Tony fully on this," said Dave Stewart, former Athletics ace and 1989 World Series MVP. "I believe what he says. I've been asked a lot about McGwire and what I knew. And the answer is 'absolutely nothing.' That's the truth." "The best analysis I can give you is, if you are not in that group using steroids, how would you know?" Stewart said to the St. Louis newspaper. "One thing we've learned through all of this is, during that time, players using steroids kept it very quiet and private. "The game is hard enough as is without worrying about what someone else is doing at all times." Clark has had his own share of off-the-field, high-profile challenges. In 1992, during the last of his 18 major league seasons and in the second year of a three-year, $8.7 million contract with the Red Sox, Clark filed for one of sports' then-most publicized bankruptcies, listing $6.7 million in debts. Clark was said in the court filing to have purchased 18 automobiles, including a 1990 Ferrari that cost $717,000 and three 1992 Mercedes Benz cars costing between $103,000 and $143,000, according to an Associated Press report. Clark and McGwire may cross paths this weekend during the Cardinals' Winter Warm-Up in St. Louis, a promotional and fan event they are scheduled to attend. "I'm not going to say hello," Clark said to the Post-Dispatch on Thursday. "I'm not going to shake his hand. He's a sad excuse for a player in the industry of baseball. Just seeing him in uniform makes me throw up."
I trust Tony fully on this. I believe what he says. I've been asked a lot about McGwire and what I knew. And the answer is 'absolutely nothing.' That's the truth.” -- Former A's pitcher Dave Stewart