The Player and The Person
by Doug Sadtler, Staff Writer
Every once in a while, SOMETHING comes along that changes how we see
the big picture; history is created and a new landmark gives us a new
perspective through which to draw comparisons. On September 8, 1998, Mark McGwire hit his 62nd Home Run in front of the Saint Louis
faithful and achieved a feat many thought would not be possible.
For ten minutes, the game stops and baseball seems to freeze in time;
McGwire becomes baseball and baseball becomes McGwire.
Of course, it's not just McGwire's show, but he is the first
performer to appear on the stage. Thirty-seven years ago, Roger
Maris broke Babe Ruth's Home Run record with considerable resistance
from baseball's fans; in the present, the reaction of today's fan
base is a tribute to the maxim "my how the times change." A weary
and frustrated Maris endured a season of isolation and bitterness
from baseball fans who saw Babe Ruth's record as pure.
the benfits of a more objective fan base and some competition, both
of which make his historic season a VERY public affair. While Mark
McGwire and Sammy Sosa chase each other to a new Home Run record,
not only are their baseball talents showcased, but something even
more special is showcased: their personalities. We hope the
information included here contains something you may not have known
Mark David McGwire was born on October 1, 1963 (exactly two years to
the day after Maris hit his historic blast) in Ponoma, California.
Mark's a big guy at 6' 5" 250 lbs, a true monolith. With forearms
the size of an average person's legs, he is a portrayal of strength
in the batter's box with every swing. It is reported that as a ten
year-old little-leaguer, Mark's first ever at bat was.......yea, a
Home Run (His little league team...the A's.) Rather than even
discussing destiny, it should be clear that Mark has a very thorough
and challenging work ethic. He plays smart, he takes injuries
seriously, and conditions his body to limit the severity of those
(To Be Continued) Doug was tired and he should have this article completed by Monday. If not, you know who to blame. (he said, it wasn't me.)
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