Rafael Palmeiro’s testimony was pointed. And misleading. (Gerald Herbert / AP)

In some ways it seems like only yesterday, but it was nine years ago that testimony by major-league players about steroid use rocked baseball and Congress.

Rafael Palmeiro famously pointed his finger and uttered the words “I have never used steroids, period. I do not know how to say it any more clearly than that. Never.” That, like almost everything else said by Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire (who pirouetted around the issue like Baryshnikov), came into question and was just the beginning of a story that made headlines for years, from the trial of Roger Clemens to the suspension of Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez and others last year.

Today, The Washington Post’s Truth Teller takes a Thursday Throwback look at that March 2005 testimony, on one of baseball’s worst and most extraordinary days. It was indeed, as The Post’s Tom Boswell wrote at the time, unforgettable.

Remember in 2005, when a congressional committee grilled several Major League Baseball players on steroid use? As the MLB kicks off its opening week of the season, Truth Teller meets Throwback Thursday to remember players' testimony -- and their lies. (Julie Percha/The Washington Post)