McGwire Drug Dealer: Steroids Weren’t For Injuries

ESPN’s T.J. Quinn has comments today from a drug dealer who the FBI has long claimed provided steroids to Mark McGwire.

Curtis Wenzlaff

On Thursday, Curtis Wenzlaff confirmed what had been reported and confirmed by FBI sources and documents nearly five years earlier — that he supplied the drugs to (Jose) Canseco and (Mark) McGwire and he added that the drugs were to help McGwire become a better baseball player, not to recover from an injury.

Wenzlaff, speaking to ESPN’s Outside the Lines, said he feels there is no doubt that the array of drugs he provided McGwire helped him become a more-accomplished home-run hitter. “Will it help you hit a baseball?” Wenzlaff said. “Let me put it to you this way. If Paris Hilton was to take that array, she could run over Dick Butkus.”

In 2005 the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS reported Wenzlaff gave McGwire the following: “½ cc of testosterone cypionate every three days; one cc of testosterone enanthate per week; ¾ cc of equipoise and Winstrol V, every three days — all to be injected into the buttocks.

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Unfortunate Angle Theater: McGwire Taking BP

Derrick Goold of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH reports on video taken by photographer Chris Lee: “of St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach Mark McGwire raking taking batting practice on Jan. 14, 2010, at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif.

Mark McGwire Takes Batting Practice As Cardinals Hitting Coach

(Before or after extolling the benefits of oral?)

Goold reports that McGwire was, “working with two Cardinals hitters, Skip Schumaker and Brendan Ryan.

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Mark McGwire Admits To Steroids; Cites Injuries

Mark McGwire released a statement to the ASSOCIATED PRESS today admitting that he took steroids when he was playing Major League Baseball.

Mark McGwire Steroid Comparison

Excerpts:

“I wish I had never touched steroids/ It was foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize. Looking back, I wish I had never played during the steroid era.”

“I never knew when, but I always knew this day would come. It’s time for me to talk about the past and to confirm what people have suspected.”

“I’m sure people will wonder if I could have hit all those home runs had I never taken steroids. I had good years when I didn’t take any, and I had bad years when I didn’t take any. I had good years when I took steroids, and I had bad years when I took steroids. But no matter what, I shouldn’t have done it and for that I’m truly sorry.”

“After all this time, I want to come clean. I was not in a position to do that five years ago in my congressional testimony, but now I feel an obligation to discuss this and to answer questions about it. I’ll do that, and then I just want to help my team.”

“I remember trying steroids very briefly in the 1989/1990 offseason and then after I was injured in 1993, I used steroids again. I used them on occasion throughout the ’90s, including during the 1998 season.”

“During the mid-’90s, I went on the DL seven times and missed 228 games over five years. I experienced a lot of injuries, including a ribcage strain, a torn left heel muscle, a stress fracture of the left heel, and a torn right heel muscle. It was definitely a miserable bunch of years, and I told myself that steroids could help me recover faster. I thought they would help me heal and prevent injuries, too.”

“Baseball is really different now — it’s been cleaned up. The commissioner and the players’ association implemented testing and they cracked down, and I’m glad they did.”

The AP reports some additional tidbits.

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