This article is a bit of a cheat, because it’s not about a single home run, it’s about two of them hit in a single game. (There will be two more articles in this series about a game with multiple “greatest” home runs. Feel free to guess, but I won’t reveal which games now.)
You could choose either one of these to be “15th greatest,” so I’ll present both of them and you can decide.
The 1998 home-run chase between Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire is widely credited for bringing fans back to baseball after the 1994-95 strike had cancelled a World Series and decreased interest for three seasons. We now know that, most likely, the home runs hit by both those men were aided in some way by performance-enhancing drugs. Does that eliminate the excitement we all felt, the cheers, the race, the playoff race that accompanied it?
The answer is “No, but…” The “but” is because the PEDs tainted what should have been incredible joy over what we were seeing. 22 years later, I still don’t have a definitive answer to how that all makes me feel. More years will be required to sort this all out.
In the meantime, here are Sammy’s 61st and 62nd home runs of the 1998 season,…