The time is now for the Chicago Cubs to welcome back Sammy Sosa

The time is now for the Chicago Cubs to welcome back Sammy Sosa

Over 600 homeruns, 1,600 rbi’s and 2,400 hits; a player with those kind of stats would be treated like a king in most towns. For Sammy Sosa, that’s not the case in the city of Chicago. Like most Cub fans, the organization has chosen to forget what Sammy accomplished in a Cubs uniform and make it seem like he never existed. The only signs of Sosa at Wrigley Field are two little flags on the top of the stadium: one reading “66,” and the other reading “Sammy” (The only reason I know that is due to the fact they auction these flags off at the Cubs Convention each year). For a guy that meant so much to the organization, that needs to change!

Sammy Sosa was the heart and soul of the Chicago Cubs from the mid 90’s to 2004. Anyone who bought a ticket to Wrigley during this time didn’t come to see the Cubs play, they came to watch Sosa hit. Routinely, after Sammy’s last at bat, the stadium would empty out. At the end of the 2004 season, everyone, including the team, wanted to “rid” themselves of Sammy. They snapped pictures of him leaving the stadium early. The next morning, those pictures were plastered all over the local newspapers with the title “quitter” attached. From that day on, Sammy has been villainized in the city of Chicago.

Since his departure in 2004, the steroid allegations have followed him. Even though he was never caught while playing, there were reports that he tested positive. Even if he did do it, everyone during the late 90’s had extra help. Heck, even Neifi Perez was caught taking the juice. Since the beginning of time, athletes have always tried to find a way to give themselves an “edge.” Even though they are testing for steroids today, the doctors are always one step ahead and I’m sure there are current athletes taking some sort of new drug. Even if Sosa did take some sort of steroids, this shouldn’t discredit what he did for the organization.

Sure, Sosa had his quirks about him, but he never did anything to harm people. The guy interacted with fans constantly during the game and always stopped to sign autographs. But for some reason, people have pegged Sosa a villain. This is the same town that idolizes the likes of Bobby Hull (domestic abuse issues), Dennis Rodman (violence towards women), and Bob Probert (drug & alcohol problems). For a city to idolize guys who have criminal records, but to make Sosa a villain, is just inexcusable.

With the Cubs Convention this week, the organization should extend the olive branch out to Sosa and invite him back into the organization. They could start by bringing him to the convention, or even have him sing take me out to the ball game. The Cubs have had every, and I mean every, past Cubs player sing it, but never once have had Sosa. They don’t necessarily have to retire his number (even though they should), but they could have a Sammy Sosa appreciation day. If the organization felt that Kerry Wood deserved an “appreciation day,” there’s no way Sammy Sosa doesn’t. Just recently, Barry Bonds was invited in San Francisco to throw out the first pitch at a playoff game. The crowd gave him a standing ovation. I would hope Chicago would do the same for Sammy.

While baseball might be “very very good” to Sammy Sosa, the city of Chicago has not. Sammy was there when this city needed him most; to bring baseball back to the fun loving game it was intended to be in the late 90’s. And now, when Sammy needs the city of Chicago to rally around him for his place in baseball history, the whole city, including the organization, has turned a blind eye. Chicago, the time is now to recognize what Sammy has done for this city, and welcome him back with open arms.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE VIDEO

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  • I see your points, but disagree. Sammy was only good to the fans when the cameras were on. He also had domestic abuse accusations when he was with the White Sox. No one seems to talk about those. The other guys you mention were larger-than-life personalities who made some efforts at redemption. Sammy always has been and always will be all about himself.

    Also, how can you put Kerry Woods and Sammy Sosa in the same sentence? Kerry is a man who (by all accounts) is a strong family man and community volunteer who came back to Chicago so his family could be near his wife's family to help their sick daughter. It has also been reporteed that Kerry could have gotten more money elsewhere but took less to be in Chicago.

    Sammy has never really done anything for anyone that didn't involve him getting paid -- either in cash or stuff. (I used to do some behind the scenes work with him. Oh, the stories I could tell.) Sammy always has been and always will be about Sammy. Have you seen his Pintrest board?

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    Steve, even though steroids are flavorless, just what does Sammy's anus taste like?

  • I think you mean 2004, not 2003. Plus not to mention the full page he took out in the tribune (sun times also?) to say farewell. But at the same time this is the guy who is releasing that odd photo shoot just in time for hall of fame voting. Sammy is about Sammy, not all the fans who paid good money to see him perform on (in most of his seasons) mediocre at best teams. Also, hasn't Neifi Perez been disgraced enough? Not even juicing could help that mess!

  • The only reason people went to games in the 90's was to watch Sosa hit homeruns! It is sad to see how Chicago has ran him out of town, but hopefully we will be able to see "the Hop" at Wrigley in the future!

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    In reply to Bill Teeters:

    Sosa should be banned from appearing in any major league park forever. Since Wrigley Field will never be mistaken for one of those, Cubbie fans can welcome their cheating hero with open arms.

  • In reply to Deke Rivers:

    What a sophomoric comment, Deke.

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    In reply to DJax:

    Sophomoric to claim that Sammy is a cheater? What barn were you raised in?

  • In reply to Deke Rivers:

    No - settle down. To take a potshot at Wrigley Field and then follow it up with "Cubbie fans..blah blah blah", even when it's obvious that Sosa has fallen out of favor with the majority of Cub fans (me being one of them) - those are sophomoric comments.

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    In reply to DJax:

    It's disgusting that you still have your mom wipe off that vinyl life sized poster of Sammy hanging over your bed these past 15 years.

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    No love for Sammy here.

  • like Randy replied I'm in shock that a person can earn $4392 in four weeks on the computer. did you look at this web site ====>>bit90.com<<====

  • Comparing personal issues -- substance abuse or domestic violence -- to straight-up cheating at your job is apples and oranges. These people are men, not heroes, sometimes not often role models, and we appreciate the work that they do in SPORTS. When it turns out that they cheated to get ahead, we must set an example, if only to deter future generations. I don't care if Rodman drinks. I care that Sammy juiced.

    And all this "MLB turned a blind eye while they did so much good for the game" stuff. If I'm correct, the players association has been fighting tooth and nail for years against random drug tests. It's not as if MLB had impunity to sweep in and stop it all that quickly.

  • As a Sox fan I feel I can give a pretty unbiased opinion on this. Sammy and a few other if his teammates are perfect examples of what has troubled the Cubs for decades. The Cubs fans affection for watching baseball in what is turning into a decrepit but cute ballpark, that doesn't generate enough revenues and cheering for individual hot shot ballplayers and being less concerned about what is best for the "TEAM" is what has left you without a World Series champion for over a century. You have a new President of baseball operations in Theo Epstein who actually gets it. Forget about lovable superstars and get team players who play with a team winning attitude rather than trying to reach individual accomplishments (something Sammy epitomized) and you might win a championship. But go ahead Cubs fans, embrace the past which has left your trophy room vacant. Enjoy the old decrepit park which doesn't allow the revenues to buy a really good team and cheer on those superstars (past and present) who care more about themselves than the team and you'll have another century of empty trophy rooms. Or listen to Theo who won two championships with a jinxed franchise.

  • So you want to promote a man who cheated by using steroids and a corked bat? I also saw him deny autographs to children waiting outside the players parking lot after a game. I saw that more than once.
    How about a Sosa statue under a pigeon nest?

  • Sammy Sosa turned into a raging egomaniac and deserves all the disrespect thrown at him.

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