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I have never used steroids. Period.
– Rafael Palmeiro
I love baseball, and the door remains open.
When I testified in front of Congress, I know that I was testifying under oath and I told the truth.
Three thousand, it’s just a number. It’s just a game.
I’m not going to say what was being used in the clubhouse; whatever happens in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse. But it was not like it was in your face.
I don’t think anybody ever saw anybody taking anything.
To snap my fingers and let it go away. Even if it takes the 3,000th hit with it, just let it all go away.
I hope that people look at my whole career and appreciate that I’ve given everything that I’ve got.
I would love to go back and help rebuild that country and help – you know, kind of like what’s going on with Iraq right now. You know, they’ve got a new government in place. They’re trying to rebuild the country. I would love for that to happen in Cuba also.
I said what I said before Congress because I meant every word of it.
You set your goals to a point where they’re attainable, but far enough away that you have to really go get them. And every year I push my goals a little bit farther away, and every year I work a little bit harder to get them.
I respect the Hall of Fame, and if they think that I’m worthy enough, I would be very honored. And if they don’t, I gave it all that I had to this game.
It was a hard time. It was something I would love to erase from my memory.
I don’t see myself as someone that brings a lot of luggage.
But as far as I’m concerned, I can still play defense.
I don’t know who took what. That is pretty private with an individual.
My life was on the line here and my career and everything I worked for, it was hanging by a thread.
They try to say this era was a tainted era. But so many great players played in the last 15 to 20 years. This is going to be the best era in the history of the game in my opinion.
I wish that they had the freedoms like the Japanese and the Koreans and the Mexicans and everybody else that has that freedom to come over here and play the game, because I know Cuba has a very strong baseball history.
I hope that people learn from my mistake and I hope that the fans forgive me.
Baseball gets better for whatever reason.
With all the great products that are apparently out there that are undetectable, for me to take something like that… when people take things that now aren’t even being tested for, does it make any sense?
The tragedy of all of this is that it happened to me and it shouldn’t have happened. It ruined my life and my career. That’s the tragedy of this.
But I think mainly, you know, just up in the East Coast, it’s where it all originated. You know, Philadelphia. It goes back to the beginning. So, you know, fans have a lot of history, and they love their teams up here.
The other deals with my life and my livelihood and my family and all that I stand for.
Yes, but I – you know, it’s been such a long time, I’m sure that I’ve got cousins and uncles that I’ve never met before, you know, that I’ve left behind.