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McGwire gets standing ovation at first appearance since steroid admission

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Mark McGwire meets reporters in a hallway after his appearance at the Cardinals Care Winter Warm Up on Sunday. McGwire made his first appearance since admitting he used steroids during his career. (photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

By AP/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis – Mark McGwire received a standing ovation from Cardinals fans Sunday 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 as he starts a new career as the Cards hitting coach. He also warned kids not to try steroids.

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