“Slammin Sammy” Sosa was the face of the Chicago Cubs for 13 seasons, including the year when he captivated the league during his home run race with Mark McGwire in 1998. Then came the report from the New York Times that revealed Sosa had tested positive for steroids during his best years with the Cubs and his relationship with his former team has been tarnished ever since. It now seems that both parties are ready to move forward.
“I think there is something that has to be resolved,” Sosa told ESPN Deportes. “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.”
Sosa’s admission comes just days after the team commented on how they would like Sammy Sosa to step forward about the steroid allegations before the team would be ready to retire his number 21 on the outfield foul poles. Cubs spokesman Julian Green:
“There are some things Sammy needs to look at and consider prior to having an engagement with the team.
Sosa was not part of the Cubs 100 year celebration of Wrigley Field on Wednesday. The former National League MVP hit 293 of his 609 career home runs at Wrigley Field and still leads the team with 545 career homers. The last time Sosa suited up for the team back in 2004, he left the stadium before the game was over on the last day of the season. He played two more seasons before retiring in 2007.
Sosa was a seven-time All-Star with the Cubs to go along with six Silver Slugger Awards and a Home Run Derby Championship in 2000. He is at the top of most offensive categories in Cubs history, but many see these numbers as being tarnished because of his connection to performance-enhancement drugs. If number 21 is ever going to own up to his questionable past, this rebuilding period the Cubs are going through right now is the time to do it. New ownership, new players, new coaching staff, and a new start for the city of Chicago, no time is better than now for Sosa and the Cubs to make up.
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