Mo. Lawmakers Fight to Rename McGwire Road

Steroid suspicions mean he doesn't deserve it, say some
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 12, 2009 11:56 AM CDT
In this March 17, 2005, file photo, Mark McGwire testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington during a hearing on the use of steroids in professional baseball.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – Mark McGwire Highway leads out of downtown St. Louis—but some local lawmakers would love to see the road rechristened, the Chicago Tribune reports. Four years ago, the slugger said he wouldn’t “talk about the past” in congressional hearings, prompting suspicion over steroid use. A batch of politicians have since attempted to rename the piece of I-70 labeled in his honor.

“It's still embarrassing to try to raise kids here who will idolize sports heroes who played fair when we hold up guys like (McGwire) who were cheaters and have a highway named for him,” says one lawmaker. But such a move might be “a little harsh,” suggests sports announcer Bob Costas. When baseball was caught up in the excitement of McGwire’s record-breaking 70 homers, “it seemed like such a natural thing” to honor him.