A few days ago, the Chicago Cubs celebrated the 100th anniversary of when their ballpark, Wrigley field, was first built. They wore throwback uniforms of the Chicago Federals, who were the original occupants of the stadium when it was first built, invited representatives of every owner that ever owned them, plus of course the current ownership. They also invited former players like Billy Williams, Ernie Banks, Andre Dawson, Fergie Jenkins, and others to take part in it. They even invited former Bears greats, Dick Butkus, and Gale Sayers, since the Bears played their home games there from 1921-1970. However, one former Cubs player was not invited, and that was slugger Sammy Sosa.
Sosa, along with former homerun hitter Mark McGwire, rose to national fame in 1998 in their pursuit of Roger Maris’ homerun record. However, Sosa was already popular with fans and most teammates, not only because of his homerun hitting, but his speed on the base-paths and his cannon of an arm he had in right field. He is the Cubs’ all-time homerun leader with 545. But a lot of that popularity went downhill when before the last game of the 2004 season, he asked to sit out the game then went home early during it, and lied about it publicly. Teammates were so mad about the incident that they smashed his cd player that was in the clubhouse. Then to make matters worse with fans, his name showed up on a list of players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, which is the same year he got caught with a corked bat, and that incident made some fans first start thinking he was a fraud.
Sosa though thinks that time heals everything, and that he should have been there at the celebration. “I think there is something that has to be resolved,” he said. “If there is something to clarify, we will sit down and clear it up. Time has given me that maturity to reflect upon many things, including knowing that one side doesn’t have to 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.”
Cubs’ Owner, Tom Ricketts, has repeatedly said that he sees the two sides talking sometime, but he isn’t sure how fans would respond. Also, according to sources, the Cubs want Sosa to acknowledge his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs. Only time will tell if everyone, which includes the fans, can make peace and welcome him back with open arms.