The Chicago Cubs are still waging an internal war with their former stadium draw Sammy Sosa. So at yesterday’s 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field celebration, the only way he was going to receive an invitation was if he pulled a Maleficent. It was a sentiment that the entire Cub organization shared and they have a multitude of reasons.
“There are some things Sammy needs to look at and consider prior to having an engagement with the team,” Cubs spokesman Julian Green said.
Sources indicate one thing Sosa has to do is make amends with some former teammates for his actions at the end of his Cubs career.
A New York Times story reported Sosa was on the 2003 list of players who flunked tests for performance-enhancing drugs.
The Cubs hope to mend fences with him before they celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the team moving into Wrigley, which occurred in 1916.
Sosa, the Cubs’ all-time leader in home runs with 545, was a glaring omission on a day when the Cubs welcomed back other former players, including Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ferguson Jenkins, Lee Smith, Bob Dernier, Gary Matthews and Ryan Dempster to celebrate Wrigley’s history.
“Sammy Sosa was a Cub that left his indelible print on this franchise, but as it was said by [owner] Tom Ricketts before, he hopes there is a time when Sammy can be back and be with the franchise,” Green said.
Commissioner Bud Selig, who was at Wrigley for the celebration, said: “That’s a decision that the Cubs have to make. I understand it. Every club handles it uniquely and differently.”
Or they could just be ashamed of his appearance. It happens.
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