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The Top 20 Cub HR Of All Time - #6 Mark Grace 9/13/1998

Someday, perhaps I'll do a list here at BCB called "The Ten (or Twenty) Greatest Games In Cub History".

This game would almost certainly make that list, probably high on the list. I just wrote quite a bit about this game just four days ago, as Sammy Sosa's game-tying HR in the bottom of the ninth tied this game up; it was a game that the Cubs had blown a big early lead.

With two out in the bottom of the tenth, Mark Grace put an Al Reyes pitch out of the yard. I wrote on January 27 that Grace's walkoff on July 30, 1989 had made Sheffield; I think I had that blast confused with this one.

In any case, this was the kind of game that makes you want to run home when you're at the ballpark and watch the highlights over and over again. When I did see Grace's HR, a closeup of him showed him with one of those funny looks on his face, as if he were saying "I did that?!?!"

September 11-13, 1998, was perhaps the greatest weekend of baseball in Wrigley Field history. The only regular-season series that could rival it for thrills and excitement (and importance to a playoff race) would, in my mind, be the September 2-5, 2003, five-game series with the Cardinals. In fact, there was a HR hit in that series -- Sammy Sosa's walkoff in the 15th inning of game one of the day-night DH on September 2 -- that could have made this list.

But that 1998 series -- in which both teams scored ten runs in all three games -- gave all of us enough thrills to remember forever, and was a key weekend in the push to the wild card.