The New York Times
OVER THE past three seasons, in which he has hit 172 homers, the 34- year-old McGwire has established himself as the most prodigious slugger since Ruth. But he has also become, perhaps, the most open, demonstrative and sharing slugger since Ruth, as well. That kind of emotional largess came naturally to Ruth. For McGwire, it has been hard won - through a divorce, career-threatening injuries, horrible season-long slumps and several years of therapy.
The Washington Post
WHAT McGWIRE did was anything but easy, especially as the attention mounted to the crescendo [sic] it reached in the past two days in his home park. There were the fans. The mass media from around the world. The family of the man whose
record he would break. Despite it all, McGwire was undaunted by the occasion. He delivered in the face of it all, like the great athlete he's made himself.
The Dallas Morning News
McGWIRE'S FEAT has meant a great deal to St Louis, naturally. There is a great sense of pride that the great American hero of the moment plays in our city. And he loves us, his fans in
the great American outback!
We are, for a moment, no longer black and white, Asian, Latino, Amerindian; no longer male or female, homosexual or heterosexual; Christian, Jew or Muslim; rich or poor, urban or suburban - we are all St Louisans, wildly celebrating our hero. He is representative of us all. And it is in such moments that a place like St Louis becomes a true community, a house of many mansions, but one spirit.
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