Before Sammy Sosa was a household name in Major League Baseball, becoming famous for the historic home run chase with Mark McGwire during the 1998 season, he was still a long ball machine. The Chicago Cubs outfielder regularly dazzled the Wrigley Field crowd with blasts that oftentimes flew over the bleachers and out of the stadium. He was a beast.
On May 5, 1996, Sosa put on a show for Cubs fans, going yard twice against the New York Mets. He took pitcher Pete Harnisch deep in the first inning and belted another off pitcher Jerry Dipoto in the bottom of the ninth inning to give him nine home runs early in the season.
More importantly, it was his second walk-off home run in three days against the Mets, but the second one proved rather costly because it broke an apartment building window across the street.
Sammy Sosa Breaks Window With Walk-Off HR
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Sammy Sosa was known for his tape-measure shots--they were his specialty. Taking a pitch from home plate and knocking it out of the ballpark was almost a regular thing and why fans used to camp out on Waveland Avenue over the the left field fence. There's a reason he was known across Chicago as Slammin' Sammy.
This one, in particular, was different.
Not only was the home run a walk-off blast to give the Cubs a 5-4 win, it also broke a window at the apartment building, as noted by the Chicago Tribune, and gave the legendary Harry Caray the perfect moment to deliver one of his iconic MLB calls. Talk about some breaking news.
"Way back, it might be... it could be... CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN! HOLY COW! Look at the left fielder, he hasn't moved yet. He has not budged. And here comes the Cubs out on the field. Boy, oh, boy, that must've hit the house... on the fly."
When Sosa hopped after hitting a ball, fans knew the slugger caught it all. The only question was where it was going to land. That home run just happened to break a window and was a price the Cubs were likely very gracious to pay. As for who would pay for the new window? "Send the bill to Andy MacPhail and Ed Lynch," Sosa said per the New York Times, regarding the former Cubs president and general manager.
Fortunately, Chicago Police wouldn't have a tough time figuring out what happened there.
Regardless of his Hall of Fame status, Sosa was one of the undoubtedly one of the greatest power hitters of all time and helped take Cubs baseball to new heights. This was just another example.
This post was originally published on June 12, 2020.
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