Drew hit behind McGwire and was usually the guy celebrating with him when the now steroid-clouded slugger crossed the plate.
In an interview with ESPN.com, Drew came away impressed at how McGwire took what were thought at the time to be pieces of incredibly valuable baseball history and gave them away:
“Mac would take his memorabilia, he would wear spikes for five games, then sign them, ‘To J.D., home runs 55, 56, 57, 58’ and sign his name. He’d do it for everybody in the clubhouse.
“Or he’d give somebody his hat and sign it, or his batting gloves. He’s making history, and instead of selling it or whatever, he’s taking care of all the guys. Then he signed a dozen balls on the sweet spot for everybody on the team before the end of the season. There were like 50 guys, counting coaches.”
McGwire had a whole room, Drew said, in which he kept the stuff sent over by visiting players asking for souvenirs. “I remember him sitting in the hot tub, icing his knees and signing autographs,” Drew said. “He’d come in early to do it.”