Friday, June 24, 2005

Derrek Lee and Mark McGwire

This might just be me, and tell me if I am crazy, but the Cards/Cubs rivalry in 2005 is starting to look a lot like it did in 1998 with a change of roles.

In 1998 Mark McGwire broke the home run record, duh, for the first time since the 60s. In 2005 Derrek Lee is going after the triple crown for the first time since the 60s.

In 1998 Sosa was McGwire's main competition and if it were not for Big Mac, Sosa would have had the all time record. This year Mr. Pujols is Lee's biggest competition, since he is in the top five in all the NL triple crown stats. If it were not for Lee, people would be having the usual discussion about Pujols chasing the triple crown.

In 1998 even though McGwire took won the home run battle, the Cubs won the playoff war. In 2005 it looks like Cubs fans will have to settle for individual accomplishment or a wildcard birth.

Lee and McGwire are American, Pujols and Sosa are Dominican.

Also remember that in 1998 Sosa, not Big Mac won the NL MVP since his team made the playoffs. If the Cubs do not make the playoffs this year, will they give the MVP to Pujols even if Lee wins the triple crown and Pujols is second or third in each category? I doubt it.

2 Comments:

Blogger Fitz said...

i wrote on this forever ago:

http://jonfitzgerald.blogspot.com/2004/08/who-is-nl-mvp-in-1998-race-for-nl-mvp.html

3:44 PM  
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