Such as: "To my knowledge, I don't know."

Then again, some of the questions weren't much better. Some of the representatives obviously hadn't read Canseco's book and hadn't done any homework on the subject of steroids and baseball. Too often they ate up their allotted time with what amounted to grandstanding speeches about sportsmanship and role models.

Yet three congressmen admonished McGwire for refusing to answer questions. Especially tough on him was William Lacy Clay (D, Mo.), who scolded the former St. Louis Cardinal with: "I wish you had taken this opportunity to answer some of the questions about your career and some of the records you set."

Oh, but McGwire did answer. He answered by not answering.

It leaves me wondering whether McGwire even belongs in the Hall of Fame. The only case you can make for him is a power case. Yes, he hit a then-record 70 home runs in 1998, and he wound up with 583 for his career. But he won no MVPs and only one Gold Glove.

If some of McGwire's power came from a syringe ....

I'll remember this hearing for helping raise the public's awareness, especially about the epidemic steroid use among teenagers. I'll remember that baseball was caught deceiving the public about the few teeth its new testing program does have.

But most of all, I'll remember Mark McGwire, surrendering.

Skip Bayless can be seen Monday through Friday on "Cold Pizza," ESPN2's morning show, and at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN's "1st & 10." His column appears twice weekly on Page 2. You can e-mail Skip here.


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