McGwire cheered by fans, evades steroid questions

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mark McGwire has received a standing ovation from Cardinals fans in his first public appearance in St. Louis since admitting he used steroids.

His scheduled news conference, however, was shifted to an overcrowded hallway at the last minute, and McGwire evaded questions about the criticism he’s received from ex-players. The former home run king emphasized repeatedly he was ready to move on.

Dressed in jeans, a sweater and running shoes, the 46-year-old McGwire walked on stage to “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses, the hard-rock song played before his at-bats with the Cardinals. He was cheered by fans who secured seats as much as 3½ hours earlier.

In a brief appearance, he warned kids not to try steroids.