Baseball: The Fun Is Back

As McGwire and Griffey chase the home-run record, baseball regains its old luster. Will it last?

The suicide squeeze is cool, and the double steal is all right, but a guy who can smack the bejeezus out of a ball--that's the guy for us. Like most great things American, the home run deconstructs strategy with a beautiful act of aggression. So Mark McGwire, 250 lbs. of muscle in a game full of the fat and unfit, doesn't really shock when he sends the ball more than 500 ft. And Ken Griffey Jr., hat backwards, grin cocksure, seems almost bored as he gently taps homers over the fence. The crowd expects it, the crowd gets it, and the...

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