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Mark McGwire Comments on Jose Canseco's Attempt to Reconcile Bash Brothers

OAKLAND, CA - 1990:  Jose Canseco #33 and Mark McGwire #25 of the Oakland Athletics celebrate during a 1990 MLB season game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 23, 2014

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:

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." 

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