A week from Sunday, ESPN will bring baseball fans back to 1998 with the premiere (8 p.m. CT) of "Long Gone Summer," a documentary detailing Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire's 1998 home run race.
Sosa and McGwire duked it out that summer in a battle to break Roger Maris' all-time record for home runs in a single season (61). McGwire ultimately set the record (70) with Sosa (66) not far behind, and the two are credited with reviving fan interest in baseball lost following the 1994 MLB strike.
ESPN released the trailer for the documentary on Friday, featuring snippets of their interviews with McGwire, Sosa and sportscaster Bob Costas. In one clip, Sosa dropped an interesting line about his mindset 22 years ago.
"I was hungry...to be somebody," he said.
"We shocked the world."
The late 1990s and early 2000s in baseball were defined by steroid usage. Sosa has never admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs, and while a single line from a 90-second trailer isn't all that telling, it will be interesting to see if he makes any new revelations about the home run race and his career overall.
Check out the trailer:
Former Cub Sammy Sosa drops interesting line in 'Long Gone Summer' trailer originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago