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Congress strikes out.

* The Congressional hearings on steroid use in baseball turned into an orgy of self-promotion as committee members told gushy stories about their love of the game. After eight hours of this, six subpoenaed multimillionaires delivered pointless testimony. Home-run champ Mark McGwire promised to use his influence to discourage kids from taking steroids and told the committee, "What I will not do, however, is participate in naming names and implicating my friends and teammates." Although slammed for stonewalling questions about his own drug use, McGwire took a position in the tradition of noncooperating witnesses in the witch-hunting 1950s who refused to implicate others for personal advantage. And Jose Canseco, who wrote a tell-all about big leaguers' drug use, inherited the role of money-grubbing snitch.

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Title Annotation:In Fact ...; Congressional hearings on steroid use in baseball
Author:Sirota, David
Publication:The Nation
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 11, 2005
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