VIDEO: Montage of All 70 Mark McGwire Home Runs From 1998 is Mesmerizing
By Michael Luciano
ESPN's "Long Gone Summer" immortalized the 1998 home run chase between Chicago Cubs outfielder Sammy Sosa and St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire, which the latter eventually won by the slimmest of margins. McGwire launched 70 home runs during that magical 1998 season, and a supercut of all of them in one video shows just how easy it was for McGwire to smash balls 500 feet every other game.
McGwire might have beaten Sosa in the home run race, as his 70 bombs topped Sosa's 66, but Sosa got the last laugh, as he won MVP and made the playoffs, while McGwire's Cardinals barely made it over .500.
The documentary did put both McGwire and Sosa on the grill for how brazen they were with regards to their cheating, but it also tried to capture what their pursuit of Roger Maris meant to the sport as a whole, no matter what means were used to further that end.
McGwire and Sosa might have been pumping God knows what into their bodies, and lied through their teeth about it after the fact, but what's impossible to deny is the fact that these home runs (and the magic that surrounded their majesty) endure.