So Sammy Sosa wants back in.
Back into the Cubs family and back into the spotlight.
Sosa has made himself more accessible lately. Including a podcast , which included his approval of Tom Ricketts comments regarding a potential thawing of a long time icy relationship between Sosa and the Cubs.
Fine. I’m over it, kind of.
I’ve harbored disdain for Sosa for quite some time. However, I just feel indifferent now. He is a cartoon character. He even managed to soften me a bit with that wonderful yellow sweater he wears in his profile. Then he opened his mouth.
"That is something I'm looking forward to, that I want to happen,'' Sosa said about having his number retired by the Cubs. "I'm kind of surprised it hasn't happened before. I represented that number for (13) years. That number should have been retired a long time ago.''
Sosa is a reality show of sorts, but that is fitting because Sosa’s glory years were just that.
All Sosa ever wanted to do was be adored and be “The Man”.
The problem is he never would have achieved that stature without extra help. Sosa in my opinion will always be that player in the supposed pre-roid era right around 1996-1997 and after 2003-2004. A 40/100 guy that at one time played a solid right field and stole some bases, some unnecessarily.
The Hall of Fame will always be out of the question for me. If Sosa would have put up his untainted number for maybe 12-13 years or so, maybe he has a case. I figure the guys who really didn’t need the help like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, or Alex Rodriguez will eventually get in. Sosa I don’t believe is in that class.
There is no way Sosa would have ascended into those “PlayStation numbers” without cheating. I don’t begrudge him for that as much as the ego monster he became around the clubhouse and the media. He did have plenty of enabling to help that monster, but he took it and ran with it. The fact he still believes in this fantasy is not really surprising, but not any less disturbing. His Twitter handle is @TheRealMr609. How is that for irony?
In the end Sosa only did what the other megalomaniacs (see above names) of the era did.
I’m over that.
Now if he was to own up some and maybe even apologize, I’m sure all this would dissipate. He was after all a very entertaining player who made the Cubs a lot of money. As it is he not only doesn’t want to go that route, he wants the Cubs to come to him and apologize.
"I saw that the owner said he wanted to reach me, speak to me,'' Sosa said. "I don't have any problem with that. They know where I am. If they want to find me, they have to call me. I'm always available.''
So if Sammy Sosa wants to come back maybe, as for Mr. *609, no thanks.
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