Grand Slam

As Sammy Sosa passes Roger Maris and duels with Mark McGwire, he brings both fun and class to this remarkable season

Until this year, Sammy Sosa was widely considered to be a Big Creep. The rap was that he was a selfish player, a braggart who couldn't deliver when it counted. Last year, up for a new contract and trying to impress his owners with gaudy numbers, he hit 36 homers but made a mess of it on the way, leading the league in strikeouts, having a worse on-base percentage than some pitchers and being so reckless on the bases that his normally mellow manager had to scream at him in the dugout on live television. His obsession with individual accomplishment led...

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