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MIAMI, Sept. 1 The Florida Marlins took the tarp off 10 extra sections of seats at Pro Player Stadium to prepare for the crush of fan interest in Mark McGwire and his chase of Roger Maris's home run record. Perhaps they need to unveil a few more. McGwire hit his 56th and 57th home runs in the St. Louis Cardinals' 7-1 win over the Marlins tonight, two late-inning blasts to almost the same spot in one of the sections behind center field still draped in blue plastic.
With No. 57, McGwire broke Hack Wilson's 68-year-old National League home run record and put himself two homers ahead of Chicago's Sammy Sosa in the race to break Maris's major league record of 61. And while the two home runs will be remembered in the book of McGwire's magnificent swats for their historical significance, that page also will be marked by the blue tarp cheap celine and the unknown Marlins fan who leaped head-first across it to catch McGwire's first home run ball, only to fall through a seam in the plastic. As he grabbed for the concrete below him, all that could be seen were his white celine handbags sale sneakers.
Fans learned their lesson and avoided the gaps in the tarp when chasing after the second blast, although by that point so many people were trying to grab a piece of McGwire's immortality that they left the tarp looking like a rumpled blue sheet over a bed of bright orange seats. Watching a television monitor in the clubhouse after the game, even McGwire was transfixed as the two grabs across the tarp were replayed on sports highlight shows.
"Oh!" he said, putting his two meaty hands to his face, his mouth open in amazement. He knew it was coming, but when the 10394144 nike shoes air max white sneakers shot into the air again on a second replay, McGwire's hands flew to his face again, with another guttural "Oh!" for good measure. He then watched the screen as the television replayed the standing ovations from the 37,014 fans at Pro Player stadium and the two curtain calls they begged him to take.
It was a sharp contrast to the boos unleashed in the third inning, after McGwire singled to center field.
"When they started booing I was starting to think, I hope they understand, this is not an easy 56286419 nike air max 90s task," McGwire said. "After I hit them, everyone in the dugout hugged me and congratulated me, and the fans in south Florida isabel marant store gave me two curtain calls, which is an unbelievable feat for an athlete, so it was pretty incredible.
"Just ride the wave, enjoy it while it's happening, because we don't know if this will ever happen again. It mulberry uk all started in Pittsburgh a week ago when I got a curtain call, and I didn't think that would ever happen again [in a visiting park], and then tonight I got two of them."
The fans' initial frustration and the subsequent outburst of emotion likely had the same source a season of rage over the dismantling of the World Series champion Marlins and the strong belief in this area that these three days of the traveling Mark McGwire show were the season's only salvation. When McGwire failed to hit a home run in the first game of this series Monday, fans bemoaned their fate on local talk radio shows, saying they were cursed to never again enjoy a special baseball moment.
Cynicism set in even deeper this afternoon when a late afternoon rainstorm canceled batting practice, considered almost as 17595911 nike air max go important a part of the McGwire experience as celine purses the game itself. But when McGwire finally delivered the first home run, all the suffering of the season was released in a mighty yell, and when he hit the second, it felt as if batting practice hadn't been canceled at all.
Even McGwire's teammates, who have seen him hit multiple home runs in six other games this season, sensed the magnitude of the moment. Wilson's record, set in isabel marant dicker 1930 with the Chicago Cubs, was the last milestone separating McGwire from Babe Ruth and Maris.
"It's happening too fast," Cardinals catcher Tom Lampkin said. "It's getting to the point where I'm starting to think about what I'm going to do when he hits number 62. Now it could happen this weekend.
"He's got more home runs than singles [52], which is incredible. The way he's been swinging the bat all year, he's so strong, he can miss 81069395 womens nike air max balls and they still go over the fence."
McGwire hit his first home run off isabel marant wedge sneakers Marlins starter Livan isabel marant sale Hernandez, who already had given McGwire home run No. 16 this season. The pitch was a fat fastball that came in around McGwire's thigh, and after popping a fly to center in the first inning and singling to center in the third, McGwire was ready to take advantage with a 450-footer. The second home run of the night came on a split-finger pitch from reliever Donn Pall, and McGwire sent it 472 feet.
Both of the fans who caught McGwire's home runs returned the balls to him after the game, mulberry sale although neither was the isabel marant shop online fan who made the spectacular swan dive in the seventh inning.
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