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Sosa Returns?
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 1/16/2007 1:44:00 AM
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What would Texas want with Sammy Sosa? Do the Rangers really think the chase for 600 homers by a known cheater and suspected steroid phene will bring fans to the ballpark? That's dubious. If the Rangers want to add a bat to their lineup surely there is someone out there who isn't as washed up as Sosa. And how about that little matter of the 100-plus players who flunked baseball's intial steroid test in 2003? Who wants to bet Sosa isn't on that list? When those names come to light, and they will, the Sosa show will become a circus in Texas. Do the Rangers really want to risk that? From where I sit, and granted that's in the cheapest of seats, it's hard to see the upside for signing Sosa.


We have learned through Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds that steroids can stain a career and unleash a media storm. However, as more and more names are linked to steroids, the individual impact will decrease.

If Sosa is on the list or officially linked to growth-enhancement chemicals, he will likely be one of many and the sting of it won't be nearly as strong as seen with McGwire.

Frankly, I think the sting should be lessened on the individuals and increased on baseball itself. It was the establishment that was slow to move against steroids, forcing fence-riders to adapt to taking them or face extinction.

Baseball should be ashamed. It's not fair that McGwire takes the greatest blow. He's likely just one of many. AND, the things he took may or may not have been against the rules.
Posted by jarnold at 1/16/2007 12:59:00 PM
I've got 100 or so worthless rookie cards of Sosa, so I'm kinda hoping something good happens here. A comeback certainly can't hurt. Go Sammy Go!!
Posted by jtopper at 1/16/2007 6:15:00 PM
I have few of the Topps Olympic McGwire cards. I think 2 cards per six-pack of Old Milwaukee is fair if anyone is game.
Posted by vtadave at 1/16/2007 10:10:00 PM
I liken a pathetic Sammy Sosa to a gambling addict. He's slumped over at the blackjack table, what was once a huge pile of chips is now able to be held in one hand, and he's thinking, "I've almost lost it all! I can't believe this. I should have left a long time ago. If I could just get one good hand - one tiny bit of good fortune, I know I can turn this around."

A little voice in Sammy's head has him convinced that one decent season will erase a decade of fake muscles. Just like almost all those who've slumped over that table before him, he'll walk out penniless - afraid to go home.

I wish all these guys would go away. Barry, McGwire, Palmeiro and especially Sammy should all be given the ol' Pete Rose heave-ho from the game.

As for those of you saying it's not fair that these guys "take the fall for so many": Like my miserable old elementary school principal, Sister Stephen, used to say, "But you are the one that got caught!" Also, he who flies the highest, crashes the hardest.
Posted by RogOli71 at 1/17/2007 10:48:00 AM
"When those names come to light, and they will..."

Ugh. Just ugh.

Anybody revealed to have been using steroids are the *least* dirty people involved in this whole mess.
Posted by ESiegrist at 1/17/2007 1:44:00 PM
I'm still not sure why Sosa is tied to steriods talk other than his stats. Has there been a single incident or story that raises the level of suspicion? What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty?
Posted by schoenke at 1/17/2007 3:17:00 PM
The ballooning of his HR totals, the corked bat incident, and perhaps most of all, the Rick Reilly interview have resulted in Sammy's conviction in the eyes of the media. His close association to Big Mac, a suspected user as well, doesn't help either.
Posted by vtadave at 1/18/2007 12:11:00 PM
The Rick Reilly "interview" was a total sham. It was basically a publicity stunt, and a complete set-up. Who the hell is Reilly to set up his own test, especially outside of the auspices of player-owner relations. Hitting more homers isn't probable cause.
Posted by Erickson at 1/20/2007 3:40:00 PM

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