May 11, 1999 |
It's mid-May, only starting to heat up. Can Sammy Sosa be far behind? "Every year it's the same story," he was saying Monday night at Dodger Stadium. "Every April. I'm like the weather. When it's cold, I'm cold. When it's hot, I'm hot." The best thing about this April for the Chicago Cub right fielder was that he didn't succumb to an injury wave that already forced his team to use the disabled list nine times, with six pitchers on it at one point.
June 6, 2001 |
Mark Prior of USC was regarded as the nation's top baseball prospect, a pitcher some believe capable of stepping into a major league rotation as soon as he signs a professional contract. The Minnesota Twins, however, selected Minnesota high school catcher Joe Mauer with the first pick in Tuesday's amateur draft, allowing the Chicago Cubs to take Prior with the second. Prior, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound junior right-hander, was far from disappointed. "Today has been a great day," he said.
August 15, 1998 |
This wasn't one of those "Was that an earthquake?" earthquakes. This was a no-doubt-about-it, rocking-and-rolling, shifting-and-shaking, 5.4-magnitude earthquake that shook the Bay Area on Wednesday morning. It lasted almost 10 seconds, which in earthquake time feels more like 10 minutes. Sammy Sosa slept through it. "Good guys don't hear nothing," he said.
August 11, 1998 |
After chasing him all season, Sammy Sosa finally caught Mark McGwire--at least for a night. Next up, Roger Maris. Sosa hit his 45th and 46th homers to tie McGwire for the major league lead as the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants, 8-5, Monday night. Sosa's first homer of the night, a towering blast in the fifth inning into the left-field bleachers, was the first of three consecutive solo shots by the Cubs.
June 21, 1998 |
Sammy Sosa insists he's no Mark McGwire. He just hits home runs like him. Sosa hit two homers for the second consecutive day and set a major league record with 16 home runs in June, leading Kerry Wood and the Chicago Cubs past the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, 9-4, at Chicago. "I've never seen anything like it. The game of baseball hasn't seen anything like it," teammate Mark Grace said of Sosa's hot streak. Wood (7-3) hit his first big league home run and struck out 11 in 7 1/3 innings.
April 19, 1998 |
The Chicago Cubs didn't get many hits against Dodger starting pitcher Hideo Nomo on Saturday. But thanks to Nomo, they didn't need many. Nomo walked four consecutive batters and five overall in the Cubs' eight-run first inning, making the biggest contribution in their 8-1 victory over the Dodgers before a crowd of 34,652 at Wrigley Field. The Cubs chased Nomo after only two-thirds of an inning--the shortest outing in his career--and sent 13 batters to the plate in the first.
April 15, 1998 |
In Al Leiter, the Mets knew they were getting a quality lefty--hitter, that is. Leiter defeated the Chicago Cubs for the second time in a week with his pitching and hitting, leading the New York Mets to a 6-0 victory Tuesday night over the Cubs. Leiter (2-1) gave up five hits in seven innings and hit a two-run single in the fourth as the Mets won their third consecutive game. Last week, Leiter doubled in two runs as the Mets beat the Cubs, 3-2.
April 26, 1998 |
It has been said that the Chicago Cubs live with a negative aura, an unmistakable and inescapable horror. They have not won a World Series in 90 years, have not been to a World Series in 53.
September 13, 1998 |
Sammy Sosa's 60th home run didn't receive the fanfare that Mark McGwire's did, but it was much more important to his team. Sosa's three-run homer in the seventh inning Saturday ignited a rally in which the Chicago Cubs scored 10 runs in the final three innings to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers, 15-12. Orlando Merced won the game with a pinch-hit three-run blast, the Cubs' sixth of the game.
September 28, 1998 |
In a spectacular conclusion to the regular season, Mark McGwire virtually wrapped up baseball's great home run race Sunday and proved Sammy Sosa right: He is the man. The St. Louis Cardinal first baseman walloped his 69th and 70th home runs in a 6-3 victory over the Montreal Expos, lifting what is probably the most renowned and romanticized record in sports to a Himalayan level that left even McGwire gasping. "I'm in awe of myself right now," he said. "I can't believe I did it.