Long Gone Summer

'Long Gone Summer' mixes old Cubs clips with modern Wrigley b-roll and it's weird

'Long Gone Summer' mixes old Cubs clips with modern Wrigley b-roll and it's weird

ESPN's "Long Gone Summer" premiered on Sunday, and the initial reviews from Cubs fans haven't been too positive. The documentary centers on Cardinals' slugger Mark McGwire, with Sammy Sosa interviews few and far between. The elephant in the room — performance-enhancing drugs usage by McGwire and Sosa (allegedly) — was largely not discussed until the end.

But besides that? A glaring issue with the documentary is its usage of present-day b-roll of Wrigley Field and Busch Stadium, mixed in with highlights of Cubs and Cardinals games from the 1990s. And, yes, it's as bad as it sounds.

On its face, that's a strange editorial choice. We don't have insight to what access the documentary had for footage from 90s MLB games. But they used McGwire and Sosa highlights throughout the film, so they had to also have 90s b-roll, right? Or even photos?

Hopefully, we'll have an answer in the coming days and weeks. 

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10 crazy Sammy Sosa stats that reflect how special he was offensively

10 crazy Sammy Sosa stats that reflect how special he was offensively

ESPN's "Long Gone Summer" is set to premiere on Sunday, a documentary on the 1998 home run race between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. The two battled to break Roger Maris' MLB record for homers in a single season (61), and while McGwire set the record (70), Sosa finished with a career-high of 66.

Sosa broke out offensively with the Cubs in the mid-1990s, and while he's never admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs, his rise came during baseball's Steroid Era. Nevertheless, Sosa put himself in some elite company offensively alongside some of baseball's all-time best.

Here are 10 Sosa stats that reflect how special he was at the plate.

10 crazy Sammy Sosa stats that reflect his offensive dominance

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Former Cub Sammy Sosa drops interesting line in 'Long Gone Summer' trailer

Former Cub Sammy Sosa drops interesting line in 'Long Gone Summer' trailer

A week from Sunday, ESPN will bring baseball fans back to 1998 with the premiere (8 p.m. CT) of "Long Gone Summer," a documentary detailing Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire's 1998 home run race.

Sosa and McGwire duked it out that summer in a battle to break Roger Maris' all-time record for home runs in a single season (61). McGwire ultimately set the record (70) with Sosa (66) not far behind, and the two are credited with reviving fan interest in baseball lost following the 1994 MLB strike.

ESPN released the trailer for the documentary on Friday, featuring snippets of their interviews with McGwire, Sosa and sportscaster Bob Costas. In one clip, Sosa dropped an interesting line about his mindset 22 years ago.

"I was hungry...to be somebody," he said.

"We shocked the world."

The late 1990s and early 2000s in baseball were defined by steroid usage. Sosa has never admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs, and while a single line from a 90-second trailer isn't all that telling, it will be interesting to see if he makes any new revelations about the home run race and his career overall.

Check out the trailer:

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