September 8, 1998, in a game against Sammy Sosa's Cubs and with members of Roger Maris' family in attendance, Mark McGwire hit a pitch 341 feet - his shortest home run of the season, just over the left field wall, breaking the record for the most home runs ever hit in a single season.
Look how many flashes are going off in this photo. Look how many memories are being frozen in time, capturing a moment that these fans will never forget, a moment they will tell their kids about. Look how many flashes there are, and they all represent a body that can say "I was there".
Unfortunately, it means nothing. Mark McGwire was a cheater. So while the moment occurred, its relevance and place in history will forever be tarnished.
Such a shame, such a disappointment as a sports fan. I can remember running downstairs, sprinting because my father yelled "Mark McGwire is at bat!", I was 13. I rushed down the stairs and turned the corner just as Steve Tracshel's pitch left his hand, crack, and just like that the record was broken. I hugged my Dad and said "I can't believe I got to witness this".
And that's just one story. I'm just one person, but how many athletes have stolen precious moments from sports fans because they couldn't play the game the right way? We've compiled a list of the worst offenders and we'll ask you the listener to decide which one has disappointed you most...
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