MARK McGWIRE is back in baseball!
When the Cardinals hired the former slugger as their hitting coach this week, baseball commissioner Bud Selig gushed that he was "delighted that Mark's coming back to the game."
And all that stuff about steroids and telling Congress he's not here to talk about the past? No matter, Selig assured.
"I have no misgivings about this at all," he said in a conference call. "Mark McGwire is a very, very fine man and the Cardinals are to be applauded."
Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. and manager Tony La Russa had nothing but glowing things to say about the cuddly McGwire at the press conference to announce the hiring. Conspicuously absent was McGwire, who always seemed to cower at that sight of an uncapped pen . . . even when reporters were describing his Ruthian feats with profound reverence.