Mark McGwire: Long Live The King

Mark McGwire willed an ordinary line drive over the wall to set the home-run record

As a climax to the story, it was a little weak. There was no conflict, no point of dramatic tension, not even a gaudy parabola for the money shot. On Monday, after fans had waited 37 years, Mark McGwire hit his record-tying 61st home run of the season, and the next night he showed up for his prime-time network-television special to hit No. 62. The record-breaking shot was McGwire's shortest, lamest homer of the year. Afterward, we looked to the media to be told what the moral significance was. It was like someone brought in the writers from Home Improvement.

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