Spring training 2010: tweets and cheats
Spring training can be a sleepy time for baseball fans -- unless they're anywhere near Ozzie Guillen or bored enough to pick up Jay McGwire's new book about his big brother Mark, the former steroid-ingesting St. Louis Cardinals slugger and current hitting coach.
Let's start with Guillen. The excitable manager of the White Sox now has a Twitter account, which is making Sox GM Ken Williams very nervous, as well it should.
Guillen, of course, has been to known to deliver colorful, profanity-laced rants on just about any topic under the sun, which often get him in trouble. So giving him a Twitter account is like giving a book of matches to a pyromaniac.
Guillen has tried to assure everyone that his tweets will be personal and won't deal with his job as White Sox skipper. But that hasn't exactly put Williams mind at ease, according to reports. The Sox GM probably has nightmares of Guillen ripping players via the social media tool or leaking news about the club that would prove embarrassing.
But so far, Ozzie's tweets have been more boring than embarrassing. Among his first tweets: "Oh god I jinxed kobe ... time for mlb network" and "3 day of Spring Training and im already boreddddddd."
Still, this is Ozzie Guillen. Unfiltered. Uncensored. The possibilities for a PR disaster loom large.
And speaking of disasters, that's about the only way to characterize the relationship between brothers Mark and Jay McGwire, now that Jay has written a book ripping his big bro for saying he took steroids only to heal and not get stronger.
According to reports, the two haven't spoken for eight years because of a petty family dispute. And when Jay's new book "Mark and Me: Mark McGwire and the Truth Behind Baseball's Worst Kept Secret" comes out Monday, the two might not speak for another eight years.
Jay, a former bodybuilder, says he helped his brother start 'roiding up in 1994 and that Mark went through a veritable laundry list of performance-enhancing drugs including Deca-Durabolin, HGH, Dianabol, Winstrol and Primobolin.
And Jay says Mark knew full well the 'roids were helping him with strength, endurance and size, and that when he admitted using steroids last month, he didn't tell the whole story.
Guess the two McGwire brothers won't be sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner together anytime soon.
Mark McGwire says he wants to put his steroid past behind him. But you can bet Jay McGwire's book won't help matters.
Everyone connected with the game thought Mark McGwire wasn't telling the whole truth about his steroid use during his tear-filled Apology Tour last month.
If you believe Jay McGwire, he didn't even tell half of it.