Why the Cubs should welcome Sammy Sosa back to Wrigley Field


Should the Cubs welcome former right fielder Sammy Sosa back to Wrigley? 

That's a question that has not only been asked over the years but is certainly picking up more steam now ahead of Sunday's new '30 for 30' on ESPN titled "Long Gone Summer", chronicling Sosa and Mark McGwire's epic home race race in 1998.

In 2009 The New York Times reported Sosa was one of 104 players who tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug in baseball's anonymous 2003 survey, but didn't identify the substance. The former Cubs slugger has never admitted to taking any PEDs while playing.

Sosa was also ejected from a game on June 3 of 2003 for using a corked bat. 

"Him and McGwire during that '98 season brought life back into baseball. You can't say that they didn't because they brought that thing back," former Cubs outfielder David DeJesus said over the phone. "Remember, it was 'Chicks dig the long ball.' That's because guys were starting to hit home runs. 

"I believe Sammy Sosa should be back because on that baseball field he was a competitor, you saw him running out to the outfield. He respected the game. 

"I don't know too much, but when I saw him play, I said, 'Okay, this guy can play.' He was humongous and you knew he was on something, but I'm just going off of the way he acted on the field. He just seemed like a guy who really cared about playing hard and playing the right way."

A first pitch? A seventh-inning stretch? Is it too much to ask?

On ESPN Chicago 1000 AM's Kap and Co. Tuesday, Sosa told host David Kaplan he doesn't see why it couldn't happen.

"Well in the way that I don't see why not, can I be invited to Chicago," Sosa said on the show. "But this is not in my hands, I don't control that. 

"I don't want to get into much of that because I don't want to create any inconvenience or I don't want people to get mad at me for some reason, you know what I mean? But, I hope one day it's going to happen, but it don't bother me. I'm just going to continue living my life."

Sosa wouldn't comment on if the organization had any conversations with him about coming back in the future during the interview.

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