Sosa To Finally, Formally Retire
Sammy Sosa spoke with ESPN Deportes and said that he will finally call it a career. He remains under the impression that he is on his way to the Hall of Fame, and he serves the Dominican government as something titled “Special Ambassador For Investment Opportunities”. To the juicy quotes:
“Everything I achieved, I did it thanks to my perseverance, which is why I never had any long, difficult moments [as a player]. If you have a bad day in baseball, and start thinking about it, you will have ten more.”
“I will calmly wait for my induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Don’t I have the numbers to be inducted?”
“I always played with love and responsibility and I assure you that I will not answer nor listen to rumors. If anything ugly comes up in the future, we will confront it immediately, but with all our strength because I will not allow anybody to tarnish what I did in the field.”
Truth be told, Sosa was never nailed for usage. Sure, his corked bat exploded and his veins almost followed suit. But he didn’t do BALCO and the Mitchell report never named him. So how will the voters handle this and other cases like Sosa? That remains to be seen.
But someone thinks (or at least used to) that Sosa “has that ticket to Cooperstown!”: