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- THE RDuU TALLY
YESTERDAY:
2-2 2HR
6 3 RUNS SCORED
McGw]RE' - - -
Mc(wtso: r YESTERDAY:
THE.
GRIND
Sharat Raju
Sup erman or not, Sosa
will ty to save Cubs
Iday marks the second edition of The Dailv Grind, a weekly column by
Daily Sports Editors Shawt Raju and Mark Snvdev Look for it ever
Tuirsday in Daily Sports.
IG LEY FIELD - On Sunday, he wasn't Superman. He didn't leap
over the Sears Tower in a single bound to 'save the day' He swung
UWand missed, striking out twice and wan 0?-for-5. TIhree timea when he
was at the plate he had a chance to hreak the game open and give the Cubs a
win with runners on base.
Each time, all 40,177 people stood up and urged, if not pleaded, for him to
serge from his toll booth. We all cheered "M-V-P!" to the Dominican
Republic's favorite son.
And each time, we all sat back down and returned to our hot dogs or nachos,
just thankful that he would get another chance in an inning or two.
He's a real person with regular flaws and sub-par days. Days where he can't
deliver his teammates to victory by himself.
But before the final home game of the season at Wrigley Field, they honored
Mr Samnmy Sosa with praises for being more than just an ordinary person.
They said he carried the hopes of a team, a city and his home country atop his
broad shoulders.
They made mention - as has most everyone who has been talking about
neball this year that he and Mark McGwire have saved the nations pas-
se' from itself.
People cheered Sammy, inking him as one of two Chicago figures who are
now nationally known by merely the first name. Blue Angles flew over Wrigley
and the dozens of Dominican Republic flags fluttering from the roof of the sta-
diium - all to honor Sanmmy.
Now, I don't know anything about Sammy saving baseball.' If it were up to
me, baseball didn't need a savior because it won't ever crumble into obscurity.
Baseball has been here before you and me and will always be here. It is naive
to think that a decline in interest following the infamous strike of 1994 would
~se something as embedded into American culture as voting or law suits.
Wfime would heal any wounds that baseball may have sustained.
When time stood still at Wrigley on Sunday, after Sammy's praises were
sung, he circled the field while the low-tech speakers blared the anthem from
"Superman," the movie. He waved to his people -- be them teary-eyed or
fanatic, sober or drunk, young or old - in that haven of broken dreams and
hearts at the corner of Addison and Clark.
For 90 years within those 'friendly confines,' Cub fans have had their hopes
filled up, only to have them drained out once autumn retums.
I've only lived for 21 of those bittersweet seasons, fortunately. Throughout
those seasons, the Cubs have gone through many heroes to try to lift them-
selves out of mediocrity. Ryne Sandberg, Andre Dawson, Mark Grace - they
all came close to bringing a World Series back to my home.
Vill Sammy be able to do it? Will it take a Superman, a mega-hero to the
people in this city, this country and in his home country?
Shortly, in the next three games, everyone will know the answer. Everyone
will know if he pulled it off, if he led his team to the postseason afterlife. Such
an occurrence is an anomaly to a Chicago baseball fan.
Home runs don't matter any more. He has broken Roger Maris'record, along
with many others. What good does any of it do? He should accomplish some-
thing truly remarkable - bringing a World Series to the North Side for the first
time since 1945.
Will it be unfair if he can't bring a pennant to the Cubs? In an instant I want
ray 'Yes,' but the next instant I realize that life isn't fair. If it were, the Cubs
ould have played Detroit in the World Series in 1984. 1 wouldn't have to begin
every season with unbridled enthusiasm of hoping to see a pennant contender.
In the third inning of last Sunday's game, the rains came and washed the
city clean for an hour or so. My best friends from childhood and myself saw

it as a sign, that the Cubs would start anew and bring victory to the old ball-
yard.
The rain subsided finally, after an hour, washing away the familiar smell and
taste of Wrigley. Hot dogs and beer, fresh-cut grass with a hint of sand were all
wiped clean from the palate -just as the Cubs chances in that game.
On this day, the home team didn't win. They don't always win, not in real
See GRIND, Page 15A

Sosa bombs two more

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A day
after he conceded the home run
race. Sammy Sosa struck back.
He hit home runs Nos. 64 and
65 on Wednesday, tying Mark
McGwire for the record and
breaking an 0-for-21 slump in
the Chicago Cubs' 8-7 loss to
the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Cardinals faced Houston
on Weday night in St. Louis,
where McGwire has hit a Busch
Stadium record 33 home runs
this season.
The Cubs slugger, picking on
his favorite pitching staff, home-
red against Milwaukee in the
fifth and sixth innings, giving
him 12 against the Brewers this

season.
Sosa's No. 65 gave him 11
multihomer games this season,
tying the major league record set
by Detroit's Hank Greenberg in
1938.
Sosa hit a solo shot to right
field with one out in the fifth off
rookie left-hander Rafael
Roque, who also gave up
McGwire's 64th homer. With
two out in the sixth, he hit a 2-2
fastball 410 feet to straightaway
center off rookie right-hander
Rod Henderson.
There was no mad scramble
for the record-tying ball - it
bounced off the bleachers and
back onto the grass, where cen-

ter fielder Marquis Grissom
retrieved it and tossed it toe
infield. Shortstop Mark Loretta
then rolled it to Sosa in front of
the Cubs' dugout.
Both times, Sosa took a quick
curtain call to chants of "Sam-
my! Sam-my!"
Mired in his worst slump of
the season, Sosa said he was
concerned only about getting the
Cubs to the playoffs, while all
McGwire had to worry about
was swinging for the fences
because the Cards were out of
the race.
"He's the one going to finish
up there a little bit higher than
See SOSA, Page 15A

Sammy Sosa salutes the crowd after yet another home run.
Sosa bombed two Vesterdaiatontie Magk Mc~wire - again.

CIash of the Titans

Jones
goes to
limit for
defense

By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Editor
When Dhani Jones steps on the
field Saturday against Michigan State,
he'll know the importance of the
game.
After all, his education about7
MichigansState week began tong
before last Sunday's film session
about the Spart s.
"I think hving lbs. tiversity of
Michigan mize and blue blood in my
family knd of gve me unde~r the
ipression of wha the rivalry meant
Jones said. "Throughout my life, my ,
parents have always read that, in my
body, there is this great rivalry,
between Michigan and Michigan
But to Jones, who said "you need tox
prepare i110 percent, 200 percent, bthe
game goes far beyond the basic
in trastate rivthlry phase.Ie contend
that it's about the intensity on the field
and the additional level of concentra-
tion necessary throughout this week.
Nothing his parents told him,,
though, could have prepared him for
his first Michigan-Michigan State .
game two years ago in Michigan 5
Stadium. se PesTs
"When I came here, I knew what When Sedrick Irvin lines up against Michigan this weekend, he won't just be tak
(the game) was going to be about, ho.Ing on the defense, he'll be facing half the state - Wolverine fans.
said But "I didn't know how hard ophy. Criticism - like that of ESPN up of great athletes and we're coming
they'd be hitting. I kind of found that analyst Lee Corso who questioned of age as a team. We're becoming a
out the first play of the game." Michigan's toughness this week - better team as we progress. Each
Jones' spirituality and general glee just fuels Jones. week, we constantly set in our mind,
for life -- last winter, he organized a "I think you have to take what we have to get better."
snowball fight outside of West Quad everybody says and take it into your During Michigan's first two games,
- translates into his defensive philos- system," he said. "Our team is made See JONES, Page 17A

Swervin
rvin won't
sneak u
again
By Sharat Ra u
Daily Sports Editor
The ball is pitched to him, stand-
ing in the backfield with his hands
on his knees. He grabs it and cuts up
between right guard and tackle.
A couple yards upfield, he sudden-
ly darts to the left. A linebacker clos-
es in - he swings right, quicker than
the earth-bound would-be tackler.
Finally, a quick safety brings him
down, behind the primary line of
defense after a sizable gain.
That's 'Swervin' Irvin,' Michigan
State's elusive tailback Sedrick
Irvin. And when he's swervin', it's
unnerving for the opposing team.
"He's a great tailback," Michigan
linebacker. I played against him last
year. He's fast. Sometimes he eludes
you in certain fashions. Because he
does that he's kind of a hard person
to get a hold of."
If you do manage to get a hold of
him and get the ball back, your
offense better score. Because if you
have to punt - bad news -- you've
got to give it to him, again. And if
the punt is bad, look out. Irvin
scored a touchdown last year and
averaged 13.6 yards per return.
"Irvin is a great back," Michigan
coach Lloyd Carr said.
Irvin has been a hard person to get
a hold of since he stepped on cam-
pus at East Lansing.
In his freshman season, Irvin set
the Michigan State single-season
rushing record, compiling 1,067 yards
See IRVIN, Page 17A

The Big Game
Who: Michigan vs. Michigan State
What: A football game
When: Saturday, 12:10 p.m.
Where: The Big(ger) House
Why: Because all Spartans need to be reminded of their
inferiority on a yearly basis
How: Through the use of a stitched pigskin,
100 yards of grass, and some very large men

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