By Barry Rozner, Rob Rains
Because the type of participant who's now not afraid to get his uniform soiled, Mark Grace has develop into some of the most revered Chicago Cubs' avid gamers of all-time. Barry Rozner appears at how Grace built his love of baseball, and why taking part in the sport how it used to be intended to be performed is so vital to him. Grace additionally talks approximately many of the nice moments he has had with the group, and gives critiques on a few of the concerns dealing with the sport.
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Yes, Sammy Sosa's MVP season and run for the home run record was incredible. Being in St. Louis to watch Mark McGwire hit home runs No. 61 and 62 was something he'll never forget. Kerry Page 10 Wood's 20-strikeout performance was amazing and his Rookie of the Year Award well-deserved. But for Mark, it has always been about the team first and everything else second. "I'll tell you what, I saw more things happen during the 1998 baseball season than I've ever seen happen in my life," Mark said. " That's because Mark learned early on that playing the game correctly and winning games is what baseball is all about.
My gosh, we had Ryno hitting 30 homers; and Greg Maddux winning 19 games; and Mike Bielecki winning 18 games; and Mitch Williams scaring us to death every night and saving games; and Jerome Walton and Dwight Smith finishing 1-2 in Rookie of the Year voting. "We had a lot of heroes. " The week for which some people will always remember him occurred after the Cubs clinched the division. It was during the National League Championship Series against the San Francisco Giants that Mark took center stage and delivered the performance of his life.
Page 24 The following year, 1987, at Double A Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Mark was even better. 333 with a league-high 101 RBI. 545 slugging percentage. "That's as good of a season as I've ever seen a player have," says Mark's Pittsfield manager, Jim Essian. "You could see then that he was getting stronger and developing into a big league baseball player. " Now, this unknown, 24th-round draft choice wasn't so unknown anymore. In fact, there wasn't a question of whether Mark would make it to the majors, but rather, when would he make it to the majors?
Mark Grace Winning with Grace (Baseball Superstar) by Barry Rozner, Rob Rains