Sammy Sosa: ‘God picked me' to challenge Mark McGwire for home run record


Was Sammy Sosa divinely ordained to challenge Mark McGwire for the home run record in 1998? That’s what the former Cubs slugger said in Sunday’s premiere of “Long Gone Summer.”

That season, every baseball fan had to tune in everyday to a Cubs game, Cardinals game, or Sportscenter to see how many homers either McGwire or Sosa launched into the seats in the quest to topple Roger Maris’s record.

But what many people forget is that for much of that season, the chase was really between Mark McGwire and Ken Griffey, Jr. In fact, it took a colossal June when Sosa hit *20* homers to enter the conversation. On July 26th, Griffey was still ahead of Sosa for second-place behind McGwire.

As the summer heats up, so do the bats in Wrigley Field, but Sosa says he had God on side too.

“What is meant to be is meant to be,” Sosa said in “Long Gone Summer.” “If it were meant to be Griffey, it would have been Griffey.

“But God picked me.”

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