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Sammy Sosa is no Cubs fan

Aug 18, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

“The Cubs threw me into the fire. They made people think I’m a monster.”

— Sammy Sosa on the Cubs in a forthcoming in-depth interview with Chicago Magazine in which he describes how he has no current relationship with the Cubs and how everything is just icky.  The interview is not available online yet, but will be on newsstands tomorrow. A summary of the interview can be found here.

As for Sosa’s reputation in Chicago, I don’t know that anyone has much to be proud of. I’d like to think that the Cubs would be the bigger man about things in light of how much marketing mojo (and of course baseball production) Sosa brought to the north side over the years.  At the same time, Sosa’s final years in Chicago — corked bats, PEDs, sulking and all the rest — make him a hard figure to love.

My guess is that they’ll be like one of those old bands that get together years later, with all of the past strife fading into distant memory. Of course, none of those reunions every bring forth anything memorable either, so we’ll all wonder what the point was.

  1. Funzo - Aug 18, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    This summer’s Faith No More reunion shows put the lie to your last point. I bet Sosa and Sweet Lou’d do a pretty nice “Epic” cover.

  2. Bill@TDS - Aug 18, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Of course, the current ownership group (and for that matter the players and probably most office personnel) weren’t around to get any benefit at all from those Sosa salad days, so they don’t have all that strong an incentive to play nice. Until several more years down the road, when public sentiment toward that big teary reunion will be a lot warmer.

  3. BigPhil - Aug 18, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Craig, would love to get your take on this. It’s related to the Sammy thing but more tangential.
    I was having a discussion with a buddy regarding the “rules of journalism.” It seems journalists keep a ton of stuff underwraps, but as soon as things get ugly (a player or management member get into some controversy) or when said controversial person leaves the city/team, journalists are allowed to bring up that underwraps stuff from the past and use it as fodder to stoke the fires. They always preface it by saying, “There had been whispers for a long time…”
    For instance, when Nick Saban abandoned the Dolphins, all the stuff about him firing female secretaries, yelling at employees, and being an all-around jerk came out. That stuff wasn’t portrayed much (if at all) when he first arrived and when the Dolphins were a great turnaround story. More recently, negative stuff about K-Rod, Favre, and Big Ben seems to be dug up all the time. For instance, in yesterday’s Peter King MMQB, he told a story about how Ben was such a jerk a few years back. Where was this while Ben was the king and golden child of Pittsburgh?
    You can’t argue that that negative stuff isn’t written about because it’s not newsworthy because we’re constantly presented with fluff pieces about how great a player is all the time. That’s certainly not newsworthy either. Seems one-sided and hypocritical, no?

  4. Florida727 - Aug 18, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    You’re not a monster, Sammy. You’re a cheat. You’re a steroid user whose accomplishments now mean nothing. You’re irrelevant. You’re now officially a nobody who will NEVER get into the Hall of Fame without first purchasing a ticket. But a “monster”? No. You’re not a monster.

  5. Craig Calcaterra - Aug 18, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    It’s worse than hypocritical. It’s pathetic. It’s a practice that is done for one reason only, and that’s so that the reporter isn’t cut off by the team or has his credentials revokved. I would bet the deed to my house that every reporter has a storehouse of information like that about the subjects they cover but doesn’t publish it for fear of reprisals.
    Which is well enough when it’s benign or irrelevant stuff like, say, so-and-so uses Rogaine or so-and-so has some strange personal habit.
    But I wonder if, say, Big Ben’s bad behavior had been well known earlier he would have been chastened by the bad coverage and straightened up. Or if people would have been more wary of him.

  6. El Bravo - Aug 18, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Can you feel it, see it, hear it today? If you can’t, then it doesn’t matter anyway.

  7. Reflex - Aug 18, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    Craig – The same situation exists today with Michael Phelps. Those who have had to deal with him know what an absolutely horrible human being he is(my significant other worked for Michigan State where he is a routine presence, and pitied the people at UofM where he is even more of a problem), but right now the press fawns over him every time he steps near a pool. I had hoped the overhyped pot picture would start some real investigation on him, but unfortunatly it did not.
    I’m sure one day he’ll cross the line publicly in a way that will set the puplic against him, and then suddenly all the stories will ‘come to light’ but its difficult watching it now and seeing the damage he does to people yet turning on the news to watch ‘our hero’ get cheered to gold.

  8. mgflolox - Aug 18, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    Yeeww waannt an owl but you can’t have it.

  9. Ditto65 - Aug 18, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    What Is It?!

  10. RP - Aug 18, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    It is so easy for people to point fingers and throw stones. Sammy Sosa is not perfect and he made mistakes but this city was electric during the Sosa years both on and off the field. Sammy attended every Cubs event, Cubs Care event and participated with all sponsors and in team promotions. He worked hard and played hard. For those that were not close to him or know him well, he loves this city, the club and the fans. He also learned that a lot of people hang around, cheer or are nice to you as long as there is something in it for them. It didn’t bother him as much as it bothered those of us around him. We saw him being taken advantage of and we saw him being offered the world by all kinds of people. Who’s fault is that?
    All sports franchises and their players end on shaky terms, because it is hard to end a career before 40. Time heals all wounds and someday Sammy and the Cubs will be family once more. For people like Florida727, take a look in the mirror and be glad that your biggest mistakes are not on national news for weeks on end.

  11. JBerardi - Aug 18, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    Sammy Sosa: king for a day, fool for a lifetime. Well, at least he never did any angel dust.

  12. Rusty Shackleford - Aug 19, 2010 at 12:25 AM

    Cry me a river RP.
    If someone wants to pay me millions of dollars to play a sport, they can put all my mistakes on every newscast in the country.
    He attended every Cubs event, worked hard and played hard?
    Do games count as “events?” How about the 2004 finale when he left the ballpark 15 minutes after the first pitch?
    2004 was also the season he landed on the DL after sneezing.
    All sports franchises and their players end on shaky terms??? I think you mean all sports franchises and their prima donnas (like Sosa) end on shaky terms.
    Andre Dawson didn’t end his career as a Cub, but it sure seems like the relationship between that player and that franchise is just fine.

  13. Rusty Shackleford - Aug 19, 2010 at 12:29 AM

    Oh, and it’s good to see that Sosa has remembered how to speak English once again.

  14. RP - Aug 20, 2010 at 12:59 AM

    Andre Dawson was forced to go into the Hall of Fame as an Expo. A team that 1. no longer exists and 2. tried their best to make sure no other team would take him after all of his great efforts in Montreal. That ended poorly. He went to Arizona and talked to the Cubs GM through the fence and signed a blank contract to get back on the field. yeah, he left Montreal on good terms and now he has to be remembered forever as an expo. Was Sosa the only player to leave the field after a heart breaking season? NO, but he was the only one they reported on. Stop being such a hater and look at the big picture!

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