By The Sporting News, Rob Rains, Sports Publishing Inc
Mark McGwire made 1998 a season to recollect for baseball enthusiasts around the world whilst he blasted a list 70 domestic runs. ahead of turning himself into the most respected hitters within the video game, even though, he needed to triumph over bad eyesight and a number of accidents. Rob Rains appears at how McGwire quick grew to become a mythical determine in St. Louis, and the way hitting a house run in his first Little League at-bat replaced his occupation aspirations.
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I believe it can be done, but a season has to be absolutely perfect for it to happen. I'm not saying I can do it. I'm not saying I can't. " In a 162-game period over the 1995 and 1996 seasons, Mark actually hit 70 homers. He also walked 143 timeswhich also points out that in order to challenge the record, any hitter must get enough chances to hit homers. Page 78 Page 79 Mark admits that hitting home runs is exciting. 94 at-bats. The only player with a higher average in history is Babe Ruth. "It's made baseball a little more exciting to think about it and talk about it," Mark said of the home run record.
In fact, another injury in spring trainingto his right heelput Mark on the disabled list for the eighth time in his career and prompted him to think about quitting rather than face another long injury rehab. Doctors originally said he could miss as much as three months. Mark's family and friends talked him out of quitting, and Mark made up his mind he would return to action a lot quicker than was expected. He missed only the first three weeks of the season, and when he returned, began a power assault on American League pitchers.
For the entire trip, Mark never turned on the radio or tape player. He had a built-in sound system Page 3 that turned the silence of the car into a deafening roar. When Mark pulled up to a friend's house and got out of the car, his life was about to be changed forever. "I had to face the music," Mark said. "It was the turning point of my life and it just happened to be the turning point in my career too. No matter who you are in this world, sometimes you have to get slapped in the face. " For Mark, it was the realization that he wasn't happy.