June 5, 2003 |
Say it ain't Sosa? Say it ain't sawdust. You had to blink once or twice, especially if you weren't wearing protective woodshop goggles, if you tuned into ESPN midday Wednesday and saw two grown men gripping both ends of a baseball bat and another man sawing the bat in half. In simpler times, the three national faces of Chicago Cubs baseball belonged to Tinker, Evers and Chance.
June 5, 2003 |
An investigation into the bat scandal that rocked baseball provided a degree of vindication Wednesday for Chicago Cub slugger Sammy Sosa, but observers said Sosa's actions may have done irreparable damage to his reputation as one of baseball's most prodigious power hitters and one of the most marketable names in sports. On Tuesday night, Sosa was ejected for using an illegally corked bat in a game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
May 11, 2003 |
The Chicago Cubs put Sammy Sosa on the 15-day disabled list Saturday after having the toenail removed from his big right toe. "I can promise you he was in a lot of agony," Cub General Manager Jim Hendry said after the Cubs defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-2, in 10 innings without Sosa. Hendry said Sosa's big toe on his right foot was nearly twice the size of the one on his left foot. "It was really affecting the way he was swinging the bat.
April 21, 2003 |
Sammy Sosa got the biggest scare of his career Sunday when he was hit in the batting helmet by a Salomon Torres fastball but apparently wasn't seriously hurt as the Chicago Cubs lost, 8-2, to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The pitch struck Sosa with such force it left a hole in his batting helmet, but neurological tests were negative. Sosa didn't even have a headache after the game, only a few cuts caused by his damaged helmet.
April 5, 2003 |
As soon as the ball left the bat, Sammy Sosa knew he had it. Sosa became the 18th player to hit 500 homers, connecting for a solo shot Friday night that ended a winter of waiting and three games worth of drama. He raised his arms, took his trademark home run hop and ran the bases with his head down, providing the first truly historic moment in the Cincinnati Reds' new ballpark. By the way, Cincinnati won the game, 10-9. But even with the loss, Sosa was happy to get No. 500 out of the way.
March 1, 2003
"Unbelievable. That was a quickie right there. That guy is ready." --Sammy Sosa, Chicago Cub outfielder, after watching San Francisco's Barry Bonds hit a home run off the first pitch he saw in spring training.
September 12, 2002 |
DVD Slammin' Sammy: The Sammy Sosa Story. Urban Vision Entertainment. 60 minutes. DVD: $19.95 (VHS: $12.95). Ages 6 to 12. The story of a poor shoeshine boy from the Dominican Republic who became a major league baseball superstar and a dedicated philanthropist is the subject of this colorful animated video for children, crafted with care to deliver meaningful messages about teamwork, family and community.
September 3, 2002 |
Now this is the kind of game Kerry Wood likes. Wood won for only the second time since the All-Star break and Sammy Sosa hit his 494th career homer Monday as the Chicago Cubs routed the Milwaukee Brewers, 17-4, and salvaged a split of a doubleheader at Chicago. "It feels good," said Wood, who called his 1-3 record in his first 10 starts after the break "embarrassing" after his last loss. "When you're ahead by that much, guys can relax and you can have fun a little," he said.
August 13, 2002 |
Sammy Sosa connected again, hitting his major league-leading 40th home run and No. 490 of his career, but it wasn't enough as the Houston Astros defeated the Chicago Cubs, 9-6, Monday night at Chicago. Sosa has five home runs and 16 runs batted in in three games. Coming off a big weekend at Coors Field, his two-run shot made him only the third player in National League history with five consecutive 40-homer seasons.
August 12, 2002 |
However Sammy Sosa decided to leave Denver--on the team charter or, more likely, a private jet--the Colorado Rockies were glad to see him go. Sosa hit a grand slam and drove in five runs Sunday, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Rockies, 12-9. With nine runs batted in Saturday, when he hit three three-run homers in a 15-1 victory, Sosa set a National League record for RBIs in consecutive games with 14. "A lot of Sammy over the weekend," Colorado Manager Clint Hurdle said, shaking his head.