Remember Mark McGwire? The Redbird hero who slugged his way into the hearts and minds of all St. Louisans?
The way Kenney sees things, McGwire's nothing more than a "one-trick pony." As for the piece of highway that bears Big Mac's moniker, Kenney says it should be named for ex-Cardinal centerfielder Willie "E.T." McGee instead.
"McGwire, how long did he play here -- four-and-a-half years?" Kenney asks. "And the guy admitted he juiced up on andro. Lest we forget, that's like a steroid, folks!
"Willie gave the Cards thirteen years, 2,000 hits and a World Series title. And one look at Willie's beanpole frame and you know he's never touched a steroid -- or a weight, for that matter -- in his entire adult life."
Back in 1999, when then-Senator Danny Staples(D-Eminence) co-sponsored the McGwire Highway bill, Kenney was about the only elected official to raise a stink, making this rhetorical rationalization: "Do we have a Stan Musial Highway?"
"Musial didn't hit 70 home runs in one season," Staples said at the time.
"In light of how short-lived McGwire's record was, I think it's pretty obvious we made a large, huge mistake that is emblematic of America's increasingly prevalent culture of instant gratification," says Kenney, who acknowledges that a repeal push is a long shot.
"A long shot?" snaps Staples. "The only thing that would be a longer shot is Kenney making the Pro Football Hall of Fame.