There is a piece of history with the Chicago Cubs that will always be lingering out there in what to do about Sammy Sosa. Sosa was on a webcast this week saying that the Cubs should have retired his number a long time ago. While that sounds good on the surface, the way Sosa went out brings me pause in wanting that to happen.
It is true that Sosa had a great impact on the history of the Cubs with his many years of home runs and helping the team get into the playoffs twice. While that is all well and good, I just can’t see the Cubs ever retiring his number 21. Should it happen? Probably with the stats that Sosa put up, but the cloud of steroids hangs over him. I’m not sure what to believe anymore from any player in that generation. You can’t erase history though, even if everyone wants to. It happened, and Sosa had his three 60 home run seasons.
I want to believe that everything was clean in the late 90s and into the 2000s, but I just can’t do it. The Cubs will bring Sosa back at some point for an event and at that time may do something for him, but it won’t be a jersey retirement. It could be a Cubs Convention or someday where he sings the 7th Inning Stretch but nothing more. Sosa will always be remembered for the home runs, boom box and the possibility of being on steroids. There is nothing more to it than that.