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Back in the Dominican Republic fans were watching Sammy’s big moment on television. Afterward people poured into the streets of San Pedro de Macorís to celebrate their countryman’s achievement. It was an unforgettable day for Sammy. He’d broken Roger Maris’s record and helped his team defeat Milwaukee. He celebrated his triumph, but then he went back to the task at hand. The season wasn’t over yet, and he and the rest of the Cubs still had work to do. 7 T HE M AN IN THE D OMINICAN R EPUBLIC W ith two weeks left to go in the 1998 season, the Cubs were still fighting to win the Central Division title.
Unfortunately, the Cubs were plagued by injuries and had a bad year. However, Sammy finished the season with 63 home runs, and he was the first player in major league history to hit 60 home runs in two consecutive years. 59 THE MAN IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC By 2000 much of the excitement surrounding the home run race had died down. But Sammy still had remarkable numbers. He led the league with 50 home runs. In 1998 Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire captivated the world with their sensational hitting.
Sammy celebrates the end of a successful season with a bottle of champagne. During the 1998 season, he broke Roger Maris’s home run record, led the Cubs to spot in the playoffs, and was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player. 55 56 SAMMY SOSA The Cubs next faced the Atlanta Braves, who had won the Eastern Division. The Braves swept the series, and at last Sammy’s remarkable season was over. He finished with 66 home runs, 158 RBIs, 134 runs scored, and 73 walks—a career high. 308, another career high.