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Sosa fumes at Cubs over his unretired number 21

Aug 24, 2010, 9:35 AM EST

Sammy Sosa hit 545 of his 609 career home runs as a Cub, won an MVP as a Cub in 1998 and was named to a total of seven All-Star games.  All as a Cub. 

Now the organization seemingly wants little to do with him, and he opened up to ChicagoMag.com on Monday about how it has affected his life after baseball.

Sosa’s name appears on an engraved stone outside of Wrigley Field and there is a flag on the roof of the stadium that pays tribute to the slugger’s record-breaking 66 home runs from 1998. 

But Sosa would like his number retired, along with the other Cubs greats, and it’s currently being used by rookie outfielder Tyler Colvin.

“That number should be untouchable because of the things that I did for
that organization,” Sosa said. “That right there shows me that they
don’t care about me, and they don’t want to have a good relationship
with me.”

The steroid era tainted the legacy of many of the last decade’s stars, but some have found a way to hug it out and be re-embraced.  Mark McGwire owned up to using performance-enhancers this offseason in a teary interview with MLB Network’s Bob Costas and now he is serving as the hitting coach of the Cardinals.  Jason Giambi apologized for his mistakes in 2005 and sends the Coors Field crowd into an uproar when he pinch-hits now in Colorado.  Andy Pettitte has moved on, and is going to play a major role in the Yankees’ quest for a 28th World Series this October.

The path to forgiveness must start with an apology, and Sosa has yet to acknowledge that he deceived the Wrigley Field faithful in the 90s and early 2000s.  He must come clean or the current feelings in Chicago and around the game of baseball are doubtful to change.

  1. BC - Aug 24, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    Hey, and I thought you couldn’t speak English.
    Too bad. Jerk. Maybe if you were a little contrite people would actually give a bleep about you.
    Shut. Up. Jerk.

  2. Chipmaker - Aug 24, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Giambi deserves props when, if ever, he specifies exactly what he was apologizing for. Fans keep filling in the blanks for this fraction of a man, and they should stop doing that.

  3. BC - Aug 24, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Agree. At least McGwire came out and said it. Giambi said basically nothing.

  4. Purdueman - Aug 24, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    There’s no way that the Cubs should even consider retiring Sooser’s (as the late Senator Kennedy liked to call him), number until he mans up and comes clean over his obvious use of PED’s.

  5. Old Gator - Aug 24, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Well, as a compensatory move, MLB could include his uniform in a steroid era time capsule.

  6. Jonny5 - Aug 24, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    Well absolutely he’s mad. I mean he deserves to be honored by having his number retired. Simply because his 106 million he collected from them wasn’t nearly fair payment to his steroid enduced delusional mind to wrap around. Sosa is lucky he isn’t in Clemmens shoes right now, and he should, well, SHUT THE HELL UP ABOUT IT!!!! Douche bag. Go bleach your face or something sammy and go away.

  7. BC - Aug 24, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Or his urine specimen.

  8. YANKEES1996 - Aug 24, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    It is a shame but you can put Sosa in the same crowd with Palmeiro and some others who may never say anything resembling an apology about PED use. I honestly don’t think McGwire would have said anything if he had not been lured back to the dugout by LaRussa in some kind of a twisted loyalty play by LaRussa. Most of the time players that demand that their numbers be retired those demands fall on deaf ears and I think the Cubs are doing the right thing by ignoring him. This seems to be some type of hollow perk that Sosa wants to validate his career and that is really sad.

  9. Snookiman - Aug 24, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    A 1 dimensional juiced ex-player: Who cares what he thinks?
    Fall on your sword, admit your usage and apologize, and things will change over night.
    Until then, don’t bother me.

  10. Md23Rewls - Aug 24, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    I don’t particularly like Sosa or his attitude, but it’s silly for the Cubs to pretend he didn’t exist. OK, Sosa probably used steroids–and the Cubs probably knew about it, so what are they doing acting all high and mighty? It’s not like they have high ground to stand on here. They made money off of him hitting a bunch of juiced bombs. They sold his jersey, they marketed him as the face of their franchise. If they seriously didn’t have a clue that he was cheating at the time, the best you can say for them is that they were exceedingly stupid and naive. They deserve each other.

  11. Blake22 - Aug 24, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Question to Giambi: “did you ever use PED’s?” ” I apologize for it. I never should have done it.” There is your answer. Quit acting childish and realize he said he did it and apologized for “it”.

  12. eureka18 - Aug 24, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Drew Silva – It’s disappointing that a journalist is playing so fast and loose with unsupported allegations and innuendo. It’s even more disappointing when “articles” such as yours become the truth, rather than the facts. Was Sammy Sosa mentioned in the Mitchell report? No. Has any supplier ever said he gave Sammy Sosa steroids? No. Has any trainer ever said he was aware of any steroid use by Sammy Sosa? No. Has any player ever said he was aware of steroid use by Sammy Sosa? No. It’s very easy to paint the whole era with a broad brush. This happens to be not just a person with a family, who you are criticizing without any proof, (what was the alleged substance, when was it allegedly taken, where is the proof ????), but also the winner of the Roberto Clemente award for his humanitarian efforts. I don’t expect more from those leaving comments, as it’s always easy to jump on the bandwagon to make one feel better about oneself. I do expect more from someone associated with NBC Sports. As an aside to those who have responded to this “article”, if you were potentially being accused of a crime and were dropped in Mexico, would you want the questions asked of you to be in English or Spanish? I’m just sayin’ … Innocent until proven guilty people. This is America in 2010, not the McCarthy era of the 50’s.

  13. Chipmaker - Aug 24, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=fncfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=HnUFAAAAIBAJ&dq=giambi&pg=3365%2C1370185
    .
    That was 2005. Everyone in the Mitchell Report was given amnesty by MLB, and there’s no hints that Giambi is under legal investigation. Canseco, impressively, hasn’t been wrong yet. Surely it’s been enough time for Giambi to be more specific.
    .
    Sure, we have a good idea. To use a euphemism, “everybody knows.” So, if everybody knows, why won’t Giambi speak, fill in those blanks he left hanging five years ago?
    .
    Whatever were you apologizing for, Mr. Giambi?

  14. keg64 - Aug 24, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    “Sooser” was always a total “ME” player. Not just the steroid allegations, but the corked thunderstick and leaving the park early and his disengenuous “no englais” leave him unworthy to fly with Santo, Sandberg, Banks, And Billy. Cub fans don’t want you Sammy. Better start your HOF politicking.

  15. tiger prez - Aug 24, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    How about just retire a big asterisk? That way they could pay tribute to Sosa, Bonds, McGwire, Clemens, et al. That would be almost touching.

  16. gs7101 - Aug 24, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Oh please, Sosa acts like he’s “entitled” to have his number retired. During the 1998 season, Sosa was on the juice when he hit those 66 home runs. The next four seasons, he averaged 56 home runs per year. During the 1997 season, he only hit 36 home runs. Someone need to tell Sosa that it’s a “privilege” and not a “right” to have your number retired. He needs to keep quiet like he did when he appeared in front of Congress.

  17. bbeer - Aug 24, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Well come on man…common sense can fill in the blanks for you after a certain point. Ever notice how much weight he lost RIGHT after the MLB started to crack down? Ever notice how much worse he was after he lost all that weight? His bat was slower, weaker, and he looked hopeless. Guys don’t go from slamming sixty homers to downright awful for no reason (ex: Brady Anderson).

  18. Steeler Fan in Germantown - Aug 24, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    I think Sammy has it all wrong. As I recall, the Cubs called him and asked him if he would attend a ceremony to have his number retired and he said he didn’t speak or understand English, so they dropped.
    Assface ! You don’t deserve it.

  19. Florida727 - Aug 24, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    Just to show how prominent the steroids issue is with this guy, no one even mentions his corked bat fiasco. His uniform number is only surpassed by the number of ways he tried to cheat the game. Go away, Sammy boy. You’re not relevant anymore, and now history gets to show you never were relevant either. Cheater. (There’s a TV show now named for you, that’ll have to do… “Cheaters”.)

  20. walk - Aug 24, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    I also have an opinon on wheteher or not sammy used roids. Cubs not retiring his number speaks volumes. But, last i checked, there is no evidence to say he did so i will consider innocent until proven guilty and so my opinion remains just that an opinion and not a fact.

  21. eureka18 - Aug 24, 2010 at 11:51 PM

    Sosa hit 21 homers in 100 games when he was 38 in his last year of baseball. Jim Thome has had almost the exact same stats this year, as Sosa did in his last year, as they are/were a similar age. There have been no allegations of steroid use against Thome, despite their similar numbers. Again, facts are a lot different from opinons and allegations.

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