Honestly, the whole situation was really strange. After their well-crafted initial strategy, why did McGwire's handlers allow him to answer questions in such an uncontrolled environment? Seeing as how McGwire has trouble answering questions in a controlled setting with one interviewer, why place him in a hotel hallway while facing a hungry media mob?What he said.
It seems obvious that McGwire would've been much better served by going with the original plan of conducting the press conference at a podium. That way the pace of questions could have been controlled and he would have had time to regroup between each one.
A reason for the venue switch was never given. Maybe he didn't want to stage such a circus at the Cardinals Winter Warmup. Maybe he wanted the benefit of the big exit door that he immediately used as an escape hatch when the session got a little hot.
Whatever the case, it was a big misstep and made for a silly and unnecessary scene.
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