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Cubs: Sammy Sosa needs to make amends before returning to Wrigley Field

Sammy Sosa

Though he is not as beloved as some other franchise icons like Ryne Sandberg, Sammy Sosa was one of the most productive players in Chicago Cubs history. From 1992-2004, Sosa belted 293 home runs at Wrigley Field, including the 1998 season where he and Mark McGwire both broke Roger Maris’ record of 61 home runs in a season. You think that that type of production would make him welcome to return to Wrigley Field for all events, but that’s not the case.

Sosa was not invited Wednesday when the Cubs held festivities to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Wrigley Field. A team spokesperson said Sosa needs to make amends with the franchise first.

“There are some things Sammy needs to look at and consider prior to having an engagement with the team,” Cubs spokesman Julian Green said.

ESPN Chicago says one of the things Sosa needs to do is apologize to some of his former teammates for his actions at the end of the 2004 season. Sosa sat out the final game of the season and left the stadium before the game ended. He was traded to the Baltimore Orioles after the season.

The team has interest in mending things with the Cubs. Sosa also said last year that he would like to have his jersey retired by the team.

Let’s just hope they’ve made it clear to Sosa what they’re hoping and expecting to see from him. If they’re just waiting for Sosa to come out of nowhere and apologize to former teammates, it’s probably not going to happen.

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Aroldis Chapman pokes fun at Sammy Sosa’s white face

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Former MLB slugger Sammy Sosa has been looking ghastly for quite some time now. Sosa’s skin coloring change first became evident back in 2009, when speculation began to build that he was suffering from some sort of skin condition like the one Michael Jackson had. On Tuesday, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman had a little fun at Sosa’s expense.

“#chapmanswagg y no soy #sammy #sosa lol @hor danmvpbarber,” Chapman wrote on Instagram.

Those of you who speak Spanish know that what Chapman said translates to “I am not Sammy Sosa.”

Sosa claimed over three years ago that his skin had lightened because a facial cream he was using. He was still looking sickly when he made a public appearance last month, and some of the photos on his wife’s Instagram account still show a pretty pale looking Slammin’ Sammy.

We still have no idea what’s going on, but it certainly doesn’t look healthy.

H/T Big League Stew

 

Frank Thomas: ‘I knew it was shady when Sammy Sosa hit 60 home runs’

Frank-ThomasFrank Thomas was one of the largest, most dominant sluggers in MLB history. The Big Hurt belted 521 home runs during his 19-year career, and his recent induction into the Hall of Fame proves that the general consensus is that Thomas did it cleanly. During a recent interview with Jim Rome on Showtime, he spoke about how obvious it was that guys like Sammy Sosa were cheating.

“I knew it was shady when Sammy Sosa hit 60 home runs,” Thomas said. “Sammy Sosa was my teammate for three years coming up. Watching his career and watching him grow up, the first few years he was capable of only between 25 and 27 home runs at the most.”

When healthy, Thomas always hit somewhere in the vicinity of 25 to 40 home runs per season. He maintained those numbers from the second season of his career all the way through his last full season with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2007, when he belted 26 home runs.

From 1997 to 1998, Sosa jumped from 36 to 66 home runs. Thomas’ numbers remained consistent.

“There’s no way he doubled me up, that’s all I could think,” Thomas said. “There’s no way Sammy doubled me up. Mark McGwire you really had to take a look at, because Mark McGwire hit 48 home runs as a rookie. At that point you start saying well maybe the extreme workaholic he was in the weight room — you could close the gap easier from 48 to 70 than from 25 to 60.”

Sosa’s name was included in a New York Times report from 2009 claiming he tested positive for steroids during the 2003 season. We all know the story with McGwire. Thomas, on the other hand, has never been linked to steroids by any credible source. That’s something he deserves to take pride in.

Pictures of Sammy Sosa’s Light Skin Coloring Change

Much like the case of Roberto Alomar Jr. who was alleged to have HIV, the blog world is now abuzz about the recent pictures of Sammy Sosa that have emerged. Midwest Sports Fan via Sports by Brooks has recent photos of Sosa at an appearance during the week. Let me just say the guy does not look healthy. Check out some of the before and after pics below to judge for yourself.

Sammy Sosa Before and After Pictures
Sammy Sosa green eyes Sammy Sosa vitiligo Sammy Sosa and wife

Also credit Big League Stew for some of the pictures. Obviously I’m not a medical expert, but let me just inject my humble opinion here and say that Sammy Sosa probably put a lot of sketchy performance-enhancing substances into his body and I’m not in the least bit surprised to see him having health issues this quickly. This is going to be a trend, not an exception, for players that played in the ’90s and ’00s. Believe me. As for what’s going on, many people are theorizing that he has vitiligo — the same condition that caused the skin color issues with Michael Jackson. That could very well be the case.

MLB.tv Ignoring Bonds, Sosa in Ads

I haven’t watched MLBTV since college. Man, those were the days. There were like a half dozen hardcore baseball fans on my dorm floor all playing fantasy baseball so we used to try and catch the at-bats by our players in between classes and studying. Best part was we all shared the same login info and password, and it came from some guy I had never even met whose email address was like @ wisconsin.edu. Gotta love that. One kid registers for the pass and half the dorms at a school 1500 miles away are using it. Anyway, back when I was watching, MLB.tv used to show the commercials as seen on the local telecast. Now I think they go with some generic, MLB.tv produced commercials. You would think I would know these things since I wrote for them last season, but I have no clue. Anyway, Deadspin points out to me that MLB is ignoring Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa in a commercial that promotes Ken Griffey Jr.’s pursuit of 600 home runs. Here’s how the screen apparently looks:

“Willie Mays, September 22, 1969…600.
Babe Ruth, August 21, 1931…600.
Hank Aaron, April 27, 1971…600.”

Then the screen flips to Griffey, who sits at 599, and he says, “Ken Griffey Jr…. keep watching.”

Obviously there are two other players who belong in that group — Bonds and Sosa. I’ve already shared my thoughts on Sosa — that he’s a complete fraud, and I choose not to acknowledge Bonds’ triumphs. So while I’m not buying the legitimacy of either of their records, I don’t feel MLB media should be practicing “revisionist history.” It’s not their place to be doing that, regardless of how their employees feel.

Sammy Sosa’s 600 Is a Fraud

From the FanHouse:

I am so sick and tired of watching the media fall back in love with Sammy. This love affair is disgusting. If there has ever been a player whose career achievements reeked more of performance-enhancement, I have yet to see him. Sammy Sosa is the biggest fraud in baseball. He puts Barry Bonds to shame. He buries McGwire. He embarrasses Brady Anderson and Bret Boone alike. And he has no place in the present day Hall of Fame.

Check out the rest of the post at FanHouse.

(photo courtesy AP/Tim Sharp)