Sammy Sosa has been estranged from the Cubs since they dealt him to the Orioles in January 2005. His Cubs tenure got here to a turbulent finish — he was caught with a corked bat in 2003 and walked out on the workforce shortly after first pitch on the ultimate sport of the 2004 season.
Sosa hasn’t returned to Wrigley since, and chairman Tom Ricketts has stated the membership needs some honesty from the slugger concerning his alleged use of performance-enhancing medicine. The phrase “apologize” has even been used.
Sosa was requested about that particularly in ESPN’s “Lengthy Gone Summer time.” His response?
“Why do they fear about me when just about all people in that period did [steroids]?” Sosa stated within the documentary.
For clarification, one of many documentary’s moderators then requested Sosa if he wonders why the Ricketts household is particularly specializing in him.
“Precisely,” Sosa stated, laughing and turning his palms face up. “You understand what I imply?”
The New York Occasions reported in 2009 Sosa was one among 104 MLB gamers in 2003 to check optimistic for PEDs. He has by no means admitted to utilizing steroids, nevertheless, and stated within the documentary “I’m the one responsible?” for the scuff mark introduced on baseball by the Steroid period.
Sosa expanded upon that notion in an interview with Sports Center’s Scott Van Pelt Sunday.
“What I do not like is taking the blame for any person else. That was a yr that we needed to do what we needed to do. I really feel [grateful] to the Chicago Cubs, they gave me the chance to be the participant that I used to be… .”
Sosa has stated on a number of events he’d prefer to be welcomed again to Wrigley Area sooner or later to indicate his appreciation for Cubs followers. He advised David Kaplan in a radio interview this week he expects to return sooner or later and is not bothered by the actual fact it hasn’t occurred but.
Sammy Sosa wanting ahead to Cubs reunion: ‘Time will heal all the things‘
“I consider time will heal all the things. My case isn’t a tough case to have a look at,” Sosa advised Van Pelt. “I consider that within the close to future any person, a brand new proprietor…any person [will] deliver me again.”