He just won’t seem to go away.

Sammy Sosa said in an interview with Chicago Magazine his number should be retired in the Chicago Cubs organization.

“That number should be untouchable because of the things that I did for that organization,” Sosa said. “That right there shows me that they don’t care about me and they don’t want to have a good relationship with me.

“My numbers don’t lie,” Sosa continued. “Everything that I did was so big — my career was so good — that even if people want to scratch it from the board, it’s not going to happen. Those numbers are going to stay there forever.”

It is funny how Sosa’s English only seems to work when he’s trying to promote himself. Apparently, his English dictionary goes out the window when summoned to appear in court to answer questions regarding steroids.

In the interview, Sosa seems to also forget corking his bat in 2003, leaving a game early in 2004, being an awful teammate who would blast his music in the clubhouse, and the report that he was one of the 104 players who failed a drug test in 2003.

“I don’t want to talk about that,” Sosa said regarding the steroid report. “Let’s talk about something else.”

Needle got your tongue, Sammy?

And here I thought steroid users were supposed to hide from the spotlight.

Okay, nothing has been proven yet regarding Sosa and steroids, but anyone with eyes, and even some without, could see he wasn’t just taking Flintstones vitamins, as he claimed.

Currently, Tyler Colvin is sporting the No. 21 for the Cubs and pitcher Jason Marquis had it before him.

From 1993 to 2004, Sosa hit 545 home runs for the Cubs and is one of only seven players with more than 600 career home runs. He is the only player in history to have three seasons of 60 or more home runs.

All this would mean something, if there wasn’t a steroid cloud raining needles on all of his numbers.

Sorry, Sammy, you don’t go from hitting 36 home runs to hitting 66 home runs, no matter what color Flintstone vitamins you’re taking.

The Cubs traded Sosa in 2004 to the Baltimore Orioles after he left the final game of the 2004 season early, angering management and players. Sosa hit .221 with 14 home runs, 45 RBI, 84 strikeouts and a .295 OBP in 102 games with the Orioles in 2005 and ended up sitting out the 2006 season.

Sosa retired after hitting .252 with 21 home runs and 92 RBI for the Texas Rangers in 2007.

Strangely enough, every single offensive number for Sosa fell from 2001 on. People may lie, but numbers do not. 

Ernie Banks (14), Ron Santo (10), Ryne Sandberg (23), Greg Maddux (31), Billy Williams (26) and Fergie Jenkins (31) are the owners of the six current Cubs retired jerseys and I don’t recall any of them expecting their numbers to be retired either, but rather being honored by the fact they were.

Until hell freezes over and the Hall of Fame comes knocking, Sosa won’t stop talking. But someone tell Roger Clemens to remind him not to do his talking, no matter what language, in a courtroom.


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