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It was one of the most memorable and significant seasons in the history of baseball. In the summer of 1998, the St. Louis Cardinals' Mark McGwire and the Chicago Cubs' Sammy Sosa embarked on a chase of one of the game's most hallowed records, igniting the passion and imagination of fans and non-fans everywhere. The drama, excitement, and results would be remembered for generations. If we only knew then just how complex our feelings about it all would eventually become. In "Long Gone Summer," director AJ Schnack takes viewers back to the landmark 1998 baseball season - its tremendous highlights, massive impact, and undeniable complications. Featuring in-depth interviews with both McGwire and Sosa, talking at length for the first time in over two decades, the intimate portrait carries viewers through every twist and turn of the sluggers' historic chase of Roger Maris's iconic record of 61 home runs in a single season. With a musical score composed by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, a St. Louis-area native and current Chicago resident, the film is a journey back through time that recalls how seismic and emotional the story was - even as the legitimacy of the accomplishments at its center would later be called into question.
Ignores the main issue. STEROIDS
How do you do a documentary on this summer and ignore steroids. Honestly a complete waste of time. And what is worse it just puts them up on a pedestal. If everyone was doing them, that is fine. Let's at least talk about it. Don't make a documentary and tall half the story. It was incredibly disappointing.
- Apr 20, 2021
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