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Darrell

I believe I saw all 3 HR "events" you speak of, on TV of course. However, what is more memorable to me about this era is a game my wife, Maureen, son, Nick, and I saw during one of our annual road trips, in July of 2001. We went to a game, at which St. Louis visited the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Although a couple of hundred miles from each other, this was like a healthy hometown rivalry. It was a beautiful afternoon. The fans were there for a spirited contest. Although, being visitors, we had no strong sympathies for either team, (but Nick was not a McGwire fan), we enjoyed the game nonetheless. Mark McGwire was still accumulating total HRs and his rival Sammy Sosa was also playing. As expected, they both hit quite a few out-of-the-park during batting practice. Although we had great seats at field level on the third base side, when McGwire came to bat in the 7th I decided to sneak behind home plate to see if I could snap a close-up photo of him at bat. He had already hit a HR in the 4th. To my surprise, as I randomly shot, McGwire hit No. 570 out of the park. When I later had the film developed (this was prior to my conversion to digital) I was amazed to see I had captured the ball, in mid air, just as it had left his bat; a great serendepitous photo. I've often considered sending him a copy, c/o the Cardinals, to see if he would sign it. I've even had it enlarged to 5x10. However, recent developments have prevented me from doing so. Hindsight hasn't dampened my memory of that game's healthy atmosphere. Ignorance of what was beneath McGwire, Sosa and Bond's power certainly was bliss.

Darrell

Oh, and the Cardinals won 3-1.

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Mark McGwire was and has been one of the best baseball players I have seen in my entire life and needless to say that I was such a great fan of him and it was awesome to sit and watch him hitting the ball, no words to describe that feeling!

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