Former Yankee, ex-Twin Dan Naulty talked to George Mitchell. Naulty did more than talk, he emoted, and he apologized. He genuinely feels sorry for those he cheated. Refreshing. Story in the New Jersey Star-Ledger.
Naulty made the Minnesota Twins back in 1996. He made the team by juicing. How did he feel?
...he looked across the clubhouse that day and spotted the pitcher he beat out. He saw another reliever, named Mike Trombley, a guy who, unlike Naulty, was not filling his veins with steroids. Trombley was headed to the minors, and as he packed up his locker, tears rolled down his face.
Naulty had stolen a job from an honest man. Trombley would go to Triple A and take a job from someone else, who would take a spot in Double A. The dominoes would keep falling, more clean players pushed away from their dreams as Naulty achieved his unfairly. This was the thought that haunted Dan Naulty at the moment he was supposed to celebrate.
A player with a conscious? Not a narcissistic guy who wanted to grab attention as a great pitcher or the best home run hitter in history.
"My actions impacted a lot more than just my ability to play Major League Baseball," Naulty said last week in a phone interview. "They affected my emotional health, my physical health, my memory -- but they also involved a lot of people I completely ran over like a freight train, and it was unfair and hurtful.
"What a travesty I caused with my decision-making."
Naulty described how he gained over 40 pounds of muscle. How this caused tendon injuries. How the speed and the booze almost destroyed him. And he reflects on the juice:
"I'm the perfect example of stupidity because I couldn't think for myself," he said. "The union has to protect people like me from myself. People say baseball is healthy, but what is health? If health is going to be determined by dollar signs, that's a big problem, because that's not health."