The Bash Brothers' relationship has been smashed to pieces, and it doesn't look like it will be put back together again.
Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco formed one of the most deadly offensive duos in the late 1980s and early '90s, but Big Mac doesn't want to reminisce on the past, telling ESPNLosAngeles.com that he's unwilling to mend the relationship between him and Canseco.
"It's too late. I don't care to ever speak to him again," McGwire said, via Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com. "What he did was wrong."
Canseco eventually responded on Twitter:
Mark McGuire I know you're mad at me, but believe me.... No one is more mad at me than myself for writing that book.— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) July 24, 2014
I respected u as a player & person. Ive suffered more than anyone from writing this book..I don't know how else to say I'm sorry. - your fan— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) July 24, 2014
Mark I don't blame you if you can't forgive me. I can barely forgive myself.— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) July 24, 2014
Mark let's do a hr challenge for charity. If I win will you forgive me :)— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) July 24, 2014
His comments come after the Oakland Athletics honored the 25th anniversary of the 1989 team that won the World Series.
Canseco was one of many former A's players on hand at the O.co Coliseum to celebrate the occasion. McGwire wasn't in attendance but had taped a video tribute that played in the stadium.
The wrong that McGwire alluded to was Canseco's book Juiced, which famously blew the lid off the steroid culture in Major League Baseball.
In the book, McGwire was one of the many players Canseco alleged to be a steroid user, which likely put a strain on their relationship. CSNBayArea.com's Andrew Baggarly made the point that the former A's and St. Louis Cardinals slugger has never been one to forgive and forget easily:
As a result of Juiced and his infamous appearance at a congressional hearing in which he dodged almost every question and responded that he wasn't there to talk about the past, McGwire's reputation took a massive hit.
Over time, perhaps McGwire will warm up to Canseco a little more. Former reliever Dennis Eckersley had this to say, per The Associated Press, via Saxon: "I mean, come on, man. It's been a long time. Time heals everything."