The story of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa’s home run race through the 1998 season is about to be rehashed in an upcoming ESPN documentary on Sunday.
And whereas the recollections of the dingers each gamers hit through the season have light over time thanks to the steroids scandal that proceeded afterward, one former pitcher advised ESPN he doesn’t “feel cheated.”
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Rick Reed was a pitcher on the New York Mets through the 1998 season. He confronted off towards the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs twice throughout that season. He was ready to handle enterprise towards Sosa however he allowed McGwire’s 13th and 51st home runs of his 70 home run season.
“He was just big. I was like, ‘My God, can we just get this at-bat over with?’” Reed advised the outlet. “Each time he got here up, my considering was, ‘Please, God, just do not let him hit the ball again up the center. Let him hit it anyplace he desires to however not again up the center.’
“When I was in the minor leagues, Randy Velarde hit a ball back up the middle, and I kid you not, that hit the button on the top of my hat. If McGwire had hit one back up the middle, I could only imagine what it would’ve looked like — or sounded like. Because I wouldn’t have seen it.”
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Reed made the All-Star Sport for the primary time in his profession in 1998. He completed the season 16-11 with a 3.48 ERA and 153 strikeouts. The Mets have been 88-74 and completed second within the Nationwide League East.
McGwire and Sosa’s astonishing season would later be mired in PED scandals, however Reed stated he didn’t care both means.
“I don’t feel cheated one bit. As a matter of fact, I feel blessed that I got to face those guys,” he advised ESPN.
“Bro, I was just lucky to be where I was. Now would I have done what other people accused them of doing [with PEDs]? No. If they did things that enhanced [their performance], they have to live with that — I don’t. I feel for them, but in another way, I don’t. You made your bed, you have to lie in it.”
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McGwire and Sosa’s 1998 season will be featured in “Long Gone Summer.” Each gamers would break Roger Maris’ home run report that season. McGwire completed with 70 and Sosa completed with 66. Sosa was the one, nonetheless, who received the MVP award that season