Sammy Sosa Comes Out Swinging Against the Cubs

“[The Cubs] threw me into the fire,” the ex-slugger says in an exclusive interview with Chicago magazine.

Sammy Sosa
Sammy Sosa as a Chicago Cub in 2002

 

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Nearly six years after his acrimonious departure from the Chicago Cubs, Sammy Sosa remains bitter over the way his relationship with the team ended. “[The Cubs] threw me into the fire,” he says in an exclusive interview with Chicago magazine. “They made [people] think I’m a monster.”

Sosa, who last played baseball in 2007 and now lives for much of the year in Miami, has largely been quiet since a report surfaced last year alleging he had tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003. In his interview with Chicago, he addresses the steroid issue only indirectly, albeit defiantly, saying, “My numbers don’t lie.” Sosa finished his career with 609 home runs, sixth on baseball’s all-time list, and is the only player ever to have hit more than 60 home runs in a season three times. Those records, he declares, “are going to stay there forever.”

Sosa also claims that the Cubs continue to shun him, saying, for example, that the team refused last year to let him announce his retirement from baseball at Wrigley Field.

The article, “Sammy Agonistes,” traces Sosa’s rise to superstardom in Chicago and his subsequent fall from grace—and explores why the once-iconic slugger remains a pariah in the city whose affection he once owned. The story appears in the September issue of Chicago magazine, on newsstands Thursday, August 19th.

 

Photograph: Chicago Tribune photo by Scott Strazzante

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4 years ago
Posted by mjw54

Sorry, I don't feel his pain. Only an idiot believes he was clean. And only an idiot remembers his tenure fondly, unless you have a fondness for a 1 dimensional Sosa hitting 2 HRs and the Cubs losing 10-4, on their way to another 90 loss season. Or maybe you like the way he ditched his team on the final day of 2004.
But nothing compares to his preposterous steroid denials. America and Chicago are forgiving. We love comebacks. Why not just say "Yes, I got caught up in the moment, and the pressure to reach new heights. I'm sorry; I wish I'd never touched the stuff. Please forgive me".
I hope he's prepared to wait a long time for his HOF call. it won't be coming in this lifetime.

4 years ago
Posted by 2T1C

"And only an idiot remembers his tenure fondly, unless you have a fondness for a 1 dimensional Sosa hitting 2 HRs and the Cubs losing 10-4, on their way to another 90 loss season."

I'm right there with you. The 10 runs for the opposing team were clearly Sammy's fault. Also, I know I hated it when he came up to bat for those terrible Cub teams. It wasn't exciting at all when the one player on the team who consistently drove in runs stepped up to the plate.

Fail.

4 years ago
Posted by hooge

"are going to stay there forever"

Where the "there" in that quote is, is along side of all the other once heralded achievements from that era. And that place is nowhere near the HOF, or anywhere good for that matter...


And that's forever, Sammy.

4 years ago
Posted by hoogel

"are going to stay there forever"

Where the "there" in that quote is, is along side of all the other once heralded achievements from that era. And that place is nowhere near the HOF, or anywhere good for that matter...


And that's forever, Sammy.

4 years ago
Posted by heartbreak

Sosa has a point there when he says that the Cubs "threw him into the fire" but he didn't do much to help himself thereafter. Americans will tolerate a lot of things but they don't like feeling as if they're being deceived. Dude lost his entire credibility for numerous reasons. I can't believe he could be so ignorant to public sentiment as to ask the Cubs to announce his retirement at Wrigley Field last year.

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