Sosa's fierce pride, once a key tool in his box, more and more was becoming a liability."Sammy was harmless, he really was," Karros said. Non-factors in the division race from 1999 to 2002, the Cubs were more than successful in marketing the Freak Show: Come see how far Sammy can hit the ball.
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lorrie Morgan[/lastfm] married her ‘Cowboy,’ NFL Hall of Famer Randy White at an undisclosed beach side ceremony on September 15th.
This is the sixth marriage for Lorrie and the second for Randy, a former Dallas Cowboy! Need a ‘marital scorecard’ to keep up with Lorrie’s marriages?
Mostly, protective handlers keep Ricketts insulated from the questions about Sosa.
And on the rare occasion when Sosa has had his people reach out to the Cubs—on the possibility of retiring his jersey number or appearing at ceremonies last summer celebrating the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field—no invitation has been forthcoming."There's got to be a better solution than what we go through this morning, going through that question," Ricketts says during a private conversation shortly after the public Q&A session.
And Hack has been dead since 1948."It is what it is," current Cubs owner Tom Ricketts says. This winter's day is fairly mild by Chicago standards, temperatures in the 20s, but as one of the club's most anticipated seasons in years prepares for launch with new manager Joe Maddon, new ace Jon Lester and the prediction of an NL Central title from young Anthony Rizzo, there is no thaw for Sosa."I have a problem with Sosa, even though I'm supposed to be a forgiving person," says Sister Caritas Wehrman, 76, of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, a lifelong Cubs fan who once walked to Wrigley Field regularly with her brother to watch Hank Sauer. I'm not that good."Eventually, a man steps to the microphone and asks what has become an annual question at the convention: "I know it's an awkward situation, but are there plans for a reunion? But a few things have to happen before he comes back, and we'll see how that goes."What has become clear, both from sources with knowledge of the Cubs' thinking and from the club's actions, is that the Sammy part of the equation boils down to this: He must admit using performance-enhancing drugs and apologize for it. Ricketts, genteel and soft-spoken, will not elaborate on that topic except when it is mentioned that the return of Mc Gwire, Bonds and Ramirez is what makes Sosa's exile all the more headline-inducing."I don't know what the other guys did or didn't do," Ricketts says.