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Sammy Sosa's complexion explained

Nov 9, 2009, 9:25 AM EDT

Because there hasn’t been a ton of baseball news in recent days, a lot of folks were talking about Sammy Sosa’s complexion: as in, he looked like a cross between later period Michael Jackson and a zombie when he showed up at the Latin Grammy Awards over the weekend.  No worries, says a friend of his, he’s just a victim of a chemical peel and some harsh flashbulbs:

“He is going through a rejuvenation process for his skin. Women have it
all of the time. He was surprised he came out looking so white. I
thought it was a body double. Part of [the photo appearance] is just
the lighting.” Polihronis said Sosa told her the photos are deceiving.

“He was doing a dermatological skin process after years and years [of
playing baseball] in the sun,” Polihronis said. “It did come out
looking weird” in the photos.

Certainly not the first time we’ve seen a radical transformation from Sosa. Last time we were told that it was a function of weights, aging and flax seed oil or some such nonsense, so we have absolutely no reason to doubt the explanation for the Sosa’s current new look.

  1. Alex K - Nov 9, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    That picture is CREEPY.

  2. YankeesfanLen - Nov 9, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    There might actually be some merit to the “harsh flashbulbs” theory. The photo on the left was taken with flash at about natural light (some flash, deep shadows from head behind). The right photo was almost total wash-out- far too bright, and no shadows, so a slight lightening of his complexion from any sourse would appear as a drastic change. Neither are very good photography, just quick, unthoughtful, non-photoshopped, get-it-done shots.

  3. GBS - Nov 9, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Funny you linked to an Orioles pic of Sammy’s late playing days, Craig, because I thought he looked significantly smaller playing for Baltimore than he did as a Cub. Maybe Before, During and After pics would be best.

  4. Will - Nov 9, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    I think we’ve got our new Joker, ladies and gentlemen.

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