Seth Gruen (Bleacher Report/”Big Ten Unfiltered” podcast), Kevin Fishbain (The Athletic) and Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) join Leila Rahimi on the panel. NLDS Game 4 is postponed but Dusty Baker says he’s staying with Tanner Roark and not Stephen Strasburg. Really, Dusty?
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It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.
Sosa went more than a week in between dingers in 1998, breaking that drought with his fourth homer of the season April 23 at Wrigley Field against the the San Diego Padres.
Sosa's solo shot was the only run the Cubs scored in a 4-1 loss and it came to kick off the bottom of the 9th inning off San Diego reliever Dan Miceli. The blast went 420 feet to right field.
It was Sosa's third hit of the game and the Cubs' only extra-base hit.
Fun fact: Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman came on to finish the game in the ninth inning, picking up his sixth save. Hoffman finished the '98 campaign with a league-leading 53 saves.
Coors Field is 415 feet in dead center. That makes it one of the biggest outfields in the majors.
Albert Almora Jr. was busy covering a ton of that big outfield in a three-game series. A day after immitating Willie Mays, Almora made a trio of tough catches in Sunday's series finale.
In the first inning he tracked to his right and leaped to make a grab to rob Nolan Arenado of extra bases and an RBI. The next inning he robbed Noel Cuevas in a near carbon copy of the previous catch.
In the ninth, Charlie Blackman hit a ball deep into the gap, but Almora showed his range by getting to the ball just a few steps before the wall. He made the catch part look easy, even if crashing into the wall wasn't his most graceful moment.
That play ended up being huge considering the tight finish in the ninth inning. The Rockies had the bases loaded before Arenado was tagged out at home following a wild pitch. Arenado was originally called safe, but was called out after the umps looked on replay. Had Blackman reached to lead off the inning, the 9-7 final could have been very different.
Watch all three catches in the video above.