The Game Of Baseball : What Makes A True Role Model For Kids?

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The game of Baseball
At the age of 6, I began to understand Americas greatest past time. I was a very ambitious boy who wanted to look up to professional baseball players. Above all, I especially grew very fond of Oakland Athletics 1st baseman Mark McGwire. I truly believed that his character was unmatched as he performed at a very high level. He always seemed to be very collected in his approach. One of the so called “bash brothers of baseball” Mark was a gifted individual that people began to admire on and off the baseball field. That to me is what makes a true role model for kids.
49 homeruns made him an immediate star as a rookie. Mark holds the best homerun ratio for every 10.61 at bats, just ahead of Babe Ruth. This great player, whom played for team USA, before entering the major leagues. Had a career that stemmed from 1986-2001. Mark McGwire finished his career with 583 homeruns. Played for two different teams, including 11 years in Oakland and 5 years in St. Louis. Mark was also a 12 time all-star, 2 time World Series champion, AL rookie of the year, 5 time homerun leader, and many other league leading awards. In any event whether you are a fan or not, 1998 seemed to be a year of true excitement. Stamped in the back of my mind as the best year in baseball. Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs were in a heated battle to become baseball’s all-time homerun king as they both were chasing a long standing record set by Roger Maris. Roger had…

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