Like everyone else I tuned in to that snooze fest last night of Long Gone Summer. It was supposed to be awesome. I was supposed to be reminded about my life as an 11-year old and making sure I was in front of a TV at any point of the day when McGwire/Sosa were up to bat. Instead I was fighting to stay awake.
But then this morning happened and I saw this bar chart. I fucking love these things. It's a legit race and it reminded me more of those feelings than anything from last night. Look at some of the names on this thing at the end of the first month:
Vinny Castilla! The other Big Cat! Cliff Floyd! Do you remember Cliff Floyd being in Backyard Baseball? Felt like that when I played that game recently and saw that name I was like oh shit. Just a perfect name to remember. Crazy that Sammy isn't even on this graph yet though. Not until June 3
Now this is a list. Those are dudes that I of when I think of homers in the 90s. I would have watched a documentary just of this graph. Especially since this is how crazy Sosa's June was. Look at the beginning of the month until the end
Shout out Raffy too.
I could legit watch this graph race a dozen times today. There was nothing like that race and it sucks that the 30 for 30 was absolutely butchered. It was just 100 minutes of highlights and 10 minutes of steroid talk. I miss 90s baseball. Seeing these dudes just smash homers as you were becoming a teenager made it so much better. Going to play some backyard baseball and mimicking the stance, swing and celly. We don't talk about the Sosa hop celly enough by the way. It's a thing of beauty
PS: The best one of these graphs is still the NBA technical list