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DE: If somebody's coming out to the mound [to search them], they'd take the sandpaper and swallow it.
DP: Do you look at [former A's teammates] Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco differently now?
DE: I always looked at Canseco strangely. But I didn't look at McGwire like that, because I knew he lifted a lot back in those days. But now, do I think he cheated? Of course I do. Part of me wants to blame it on the union. You hear all this stuff about Bud Selig [turning a blind eye], but look what we had to go through to get the union to even allow testing. If the union would have tested earlier, this probably would all be behind us.
DP: If I say "Dennis Eckersley" to somebody, what's the first thing they think of?
DE: Kirk Gibson. [Laughs.]
DP: I think of the porn mustache, the hair, the pointing and then I think of the home run.
DE: That's all right.
DP: If I gave you a do-over on Gibson, what do you throw him? Another slider?
DE: Nothing but fastballs. But I got tired of throwing fastballs. I was trying to punch him out. I thought he'd pull off [the slider], because in his physical state he had no legs. If I had it to do all over again, I'd check his bat. [Laughs.] I'm just kidding. But, my God, did you see how far he hit that ball?