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Sammy Sosa: “The Cubs know where to find me”

Apr 25, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Sammy Sosa wasn’t invited to Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday party Wednesday and the former MVP agrees with me that it was a petty move by the Cubs.

Sosa talked to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes about the situation, saying:

I think there is something that has to be resolved. If there is something to clarify, we will sit down and clear it up. Time has given me the maturity to reflect upon many things, including knowing that one side doesn’t have to be right all the time.

I should have been there; I would have liked to have been there. The Cubs know where to find me, and I hope to have the chance to clear up any misunderstanding.

“Misunderstanding” is an odd way to describe why the Cubs don’t want Sosa around, but then again the notion that the Cubs need him to “apologize” before he’s allowed back into the franchise’s good graces seems similarly silly.

He’s one of the best players in Cubs history and hit nearly 300 home runs at Wrigley Field. Pretending none of that happened is absurd.

  1. thedoubleentandres - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Trannsylvania?

  2. El Bravo - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Do they know where to find him? He’s wearing a disquise!

    • umrguy42 - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      If he wears that yellow sweater again, they can just follow the glow from like, three counties away.

  3. tysonpunchinguterus - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    He walked out on his team and is one of the poster boys for the steroid era. Even though there are different owners running the team, perhaps they don’t want to be associated with someone like that. Or maybe they’re willing to let that all go if he shows some sort of contrition but don’t believe that they should have to reach out to him to make that happen if he’s truly sorry for what he did. He was paid very well but still seems to think that he’s owed something, judging by his suggestion that “The Cubs know where to find me.” Yeah, and you know where to find them, too, Sammy. How badly do you want it?

    • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      They aren’t returning any of the money he made them by using steroids.

      • tysonpunchinguterus - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:31 AM

        What money did the Ricketts make off of his home runs? They didn’t own the team. But if they did, who would they return the money to? Your argument is pretty much saying that the current owners can’t distance themselves from a player who cheated AND left on very bad terms because the previous owners made money while he was playing there. That makes sense how?

      • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:03 PM

        Sosa did a lot more good for that organization than harm. I’m sure most fans could care less at this point. Not to mention since the Ricketts didn’t own them back then why should they continue to hold the animosity? And the money thing was a generalized argument, not specific to who owns them. Thought that was obvious.

      • tysonpunchinguterus - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:33 PM

        I’m sure there are fans who don’t care what Sammy did, but there are certainly those who do. Considering the fact that MLB just suspended a bunch of players recently for the biggest PED scandal to hit the league since BALCO, it’s understandable why the current management might want to distance themselves from one a guy like Sosa. People rip the league and owners for not doing more to prevent steroid use in the 1990s, but then the Cubs get ripped for not respecting/honoring/whatever a guy who cheated his way into the record books. Perhaps the team doesn’t want to send mixed messages about what is or isn’t acceptable or they just don’t want to deal with any potential bad PR that might come out of having him there.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:52 PM

        Reasonable statement so I wont argue with it. Although I think the Cubs should be the bigger person in this situation. The Cubs obviously don’t need Sosa to pull off a celebration like this so I agree it would be smart for him to make the first call. The Cubs will need him down the road though when the Ernie Banks, Andre Dawson’s and Fergie Jenkins of the organization are no longer able or around to be a part of things like this.

    • ryanrockzzz - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      My problem is the steroid era doesn’t bother me. I wasn’t a player, and that era was great for baseball and rekindling interest. Sosa did a lot to save baseball through Home Runs and cheating, and considering that a ton of players in that era cheated, inviting him back isn’t so bad. I always wonder why it bothers fans, who have no stake in who uses PED’s so much. If you’re the RF at AA who can’t get a break because Player A is using, I get it. But I care about my team, how much they win, etc. I really don’t care if they got there with someone cheating, becuase i’m sure someone on the opposing team/s were as well. My opinion is if the Cubs cared about their fans, (and they should considering how long they’ve sucked), they would want to bring back someone who gave them good moments. Cheater or not.

  4. stoutfiles - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    “He’s one of the best players in Cubs history and hit nearly 300 home runs at Wrigley Field”…with the power of cheating.

  5. therealbigben - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    In a dumpster outside of Wrigley?

  6. jimmyt - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Remember how stupid he looked when he played the “no speak English” game before Congress about the reason he was able to hit all those home runs? Why not show a picture of how much worse he looks now that he thinks he is white. Goofball cheater that bleached his skin white to the point that he looks ridicules, I wouldn’t want him associated with my club either.

    • Alex K - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      He didn’t look stupid when he spoke in his first language in a legal hearing. If I was bilingual and asked to testify about myself in a country that spoke my second language I would want to do so in my native tongue, too.

  7. luz56 - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    I’m sure they know exactly where you are Sammy however you are a cheat!!

  8. temporarilyexiled - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Where bats are corked.

  9. zacksdad - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Maybe they can’t find the white Sammy Sosa.

  10. jsally430 - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Almost as ridiculous as your inability to spell ridiculous

  11. chalkruz1989 - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Push aside the steroids and just think about what he did for that franchise?

    He deserves to be there just as much as anybody

    • jeffbbf - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      he deserves to be there just as much as Ernie Banks?

      • chalkruz1989 - Apr 27, 2014 at 2:05 PM

        Obvously not, I was just fortifying he was a valuable piece to that organization.

  12. brewcrewfan54 - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    There’s almost nobody left running this organization that was there when Sosa played his last game there. Just stupid.

  13. dluxxx - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    A little off topic, but that picture makes it look like he’s trying to hold back some puke.

    You know it’s bad when it takes two fingers…

  14. mpzz - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Sosa and the rest of the steroid queens did nothing good for baseball. They left an indelible stain on the game and its record book. That is their shameful legacy.

    • marketingforcontractors - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      While steroid use is inherently bad in terms of being a felony and harming both the body and the integrity of the game, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire brought baseball back from the brink of extinction following the 1994 strike.

      In that regard those two did amazing good for MLB. While one is an admitted steroid abuser and they other is an alleged ped user, it doesnt change the fact that MLB was saved by their home run record chase.

      • mpzz - Apr 25, 2014 at 7:45 PM

        That’s like saying it’s worth getting hooked on heroin because it feels so good the first few times you use it.

  15. gostlcards5 - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    I do agree that it is ridiculous….as ridiculous as Sammy pretending not to speak English when he was in front of Congress.

  16. 1harrypairatesties - Apr 25, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Sammy should’ve been there. He was missed by the fans. No matter what happened between him & the Cubs he has always been very fan friendly. Also, maybe he pulled the “speak no English” card because he didn’t want to be asked about other players PED use. Maybe that was his way of protecting his friends. I respect & appreciate him for that. I know he has done something strange to his skin (Michael Jackson) & he does look pretty creepy but Sammy will always be loved in Chicago. He made us all cheer & sent the fans home happy.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      I like your loyalty, dude. And I like Al Bundy, too.

  17. mikhelb - Apr 25, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Even while I think Enrique Rojas is very good in his line of work, it should be noted that most times he along the Álvarez brothers will manage everything like everybody is out to do something against the hispano player. I’d love to hear the full interview with no cuts to check if Rojas lead Sosa with a loaded question.

    And of course for the Álvarez brothers (prominent commentarists of ESPN Deportes) whatever an hispanic player does is ok, which is wrong, being an hispanic I understand why they do it but in no way I sympathize with that sentiment. Rojas on the other hand is way more neutral and speaks against what is plainly wrong, no buts nor ifs, just what it is.

    If you ask the Álvarez brothers about Miguel Cabrera’s DUIs and arrests for beating his wife they say it is his private life and he can do whatever he wants. And thus basically the spanish speaking press has never covered those aspects of prominent hispanic players.

  18. phillyphannnn83 - Apr 25, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Aaannndd that’s why the Cubs are the Cubs.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:43 AM

      Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Cubs!

  19. jimeejohnson - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Is that a picture of one of the many times Sosa struck out? And is Sammy related to that Sosa that Tony Montana screwed over in the movie Scarface? If so, you can find him 6 feet under.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      Should read “that Tony Montana Character…”

  20. zdravit - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    NO ALBINOS

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