sammy sosa kissThe Red Sox beat the Rays yesterday, and, in so doing, claimed their ALDS series. They’ll face the winner of the Tigers and A’s Game Five, which was forced by a Tigers win yesterday.

  • The Arizona Fall League got underway yesterday, and five Cubs saw action: Jorge Soler went 1-6 with a double and a couple strikeouts (Byron Buxton also went 1-6), while Kris Bryant had a huge day, going 3-6 with a double. Matt Loosen saw some action in the middle innings, giving up a couple hits and a walk in his two innings of work. He struck out one and gave up two unearned runs. Lendy Castillo threw an inning in which he gave up three hits and allowed three runs to score, though they were all unearned. And then Armando Rivero came in, pitching a scoreless inning and striking out the side (all swinging, and one of ’em was Buxton).
  • Speaking of Soler, and also Albert Almora, Carrie Muskat has a great piece on the duo and their efforts to get back on track post-injury.
  • And speaking of Bryant, Jonathan Mayo says that, with the benefit of hindsight, he now thinks Bryant was the best player in the 2013 draft.
  • Dave Kaplan interviewed Sammy Sosa recently, and aired the interview last night on his radio show. It was the first time Sosa had spoken at length with a member of the Chicago media in five years (according to Kaplan’s intro), and it was a pretty wide-ranging talk. You can listen to it here. Sosa mentioned wanting to reconnect with the Cubs, and acknowledged that some things happened in the latter days of his Cubs career that led to the bad relationship the two sides have now. He added, as Sosa often does, that his numbers are so good that the Cubs can’t not bring him back some day. “The numbers don’t lie.” Although I support getting Sosa back in the fold, even if just in an ambassador role for the young, Latin American players, he’s got to stop pointing to the numbers as the reason. Don’t trade on the numbers, Sammy, which everyone believes are tainted. Trade on the memories. On the emotions. On the fun that fans had when you were playing.
  • I tend to think we’re going to see Sammy Sosa show up at the Cubs Convention one of these years. It could even be a surprise. That would be pretty cool.
  • Former Cubs great Andy Pafko died yesterday at 92.
  • Roscoe Village Fan

    Yeah, he’s arrogant but we all stood and cheered (and begged) for the cubs to just do enough to win a WS. Part of our collective anger Ii think comes from feeling really betrayed by a player and a team into which we put so much time and emotion. Sammy shouldnt be banned IMO but that may be his destiny if he fails to take any accountability. And believe me, for a guy like Sammy, his effective non-banishment-banishment is just eating at him…Which is fitting.

  • Austin

    I love seeing everyone hating Sosa or mad at Sosa but I would bet all I had, most of you thought he was the best player back in the day and he was most of your favorite player. Cubs fans are notorious of loving their players like no other but as soon as they leave or one bad thing happens we tear them apart. It starts to get pathetic and I wouldn’t be surprised if many big named free agents in the future choose other teams over the cubs because they know if they come here they will get chewed up.

  • Carew

    I say let Sammy be a small part of the organization, an assistant of some sort. I like Sammy, and I would be happy to see him back with the cubs in some capacity

    • scorecardpaul

      I hope he is never any small part of an assistant, but I would like to see him at a Cubs convention, or at least acknowledged by the Cubs as a past player.

  • mjhurdle

    I first saw Sammy Sosa when he played for the Tulsa Drillers as a skinny 165 lb OF. At the time, i had no clue who he was or what he would become. But a couple years later i was going through old baseball stuff and noticed that program and his name in it.
    After that, i was never truly on board with who Sammy became in his time with the Cubs. As much as his sudden appearance of power and the steroids allegations bother me, so does the fact that he used a corked bat in a game, and the fact that he walked out on the Cubs.
    Sosa had some great years with the Cubs statistically, but i have never felt he was a ‘great’ Cub.
    Just my take.

  • Aaron

    Sammy Sosa, love him or hate him, elevated the value of the Chicago Cubs franchise. While he made a lot of money from the Cubs, they more than made up the difference in increased attendance, marketing, merchandising, etc. Those things should mean something, even if you look at it from a business perspective. If he says he’s sorry for some of his past tirades, asks for forgiveness and stops talking about his numbers, the Cubs organization and fans will be open to re-start a relationship with Sammy.

  • Aaron

    Oh by the way…I believe they should retire his number someday.

  • Spriggs

    RIP Andy Pafko – an outstanding ex-Cub and a great friend to all who love the game…

    I think the oldest living one time Cubs player is Lenny Merullo.

    • LWeb23

      Not sure if he is the oldest living one, but he is the only remaining Cub ever to play in a WS (1945) as a Cub. And he had 2 AB’s. Pafko was on that team as well. I read on BCB yesterday that Merullo is 97 years old and from all accounts seems to be doing pretty well healthwise.

      • Spriggs

        Nice to hear Lenny is doing well. 97… not sure if I’d want to last that long.

        • santos toupe

          cubs should hire him as manager to a short term deal.

      • Funn Dave
  • George Altman

    I got to see Sammy’s ‘act’ up close and personal every Spring in Arizona from 1997–2003. He was a self-serving show, obvious steroid user, and bat corker. I was also at Wrigley for his last non-appearance in 2004. Any of you fans who want him to have any part of today’s Cubs………….thanks, I’ll pass. I can live forever not seeing that ass-hat again.

    • Edwin

      Yeah, I’m sure in 1998 you were hating all over Sammy Sosa.

    • Jamie

      I’m with you, George. I didn’t like him in 98, and don’t care much for hearing his smack now either. No thanks, Sammy. Give Mac a call and see if he’s willing to sit down and discuss how you both thought you were bigger than the game until the tent collapsed. Oh, wait…sounds like you still think that.

    • Paul

      I don’t see anyone getting their panties in a wod over Mark McGuire being a batting coach now..

  • clark addison

    Sammy is not a rocket scientist. His persona was a creation of the Cubs’ marketing department. If he lost a sense of perspective, it was understandable when his picture was on buildings and billboards all over Chicago, the money kept rolling in, and he was cheered everywhere he went throughout baseball. How many of us could maintain perspective in those circumstances?

    I was thrilled by Sosa’s accomplishments in the 90s and beyond, and I won’t turn on him now. I don’t see the Cubs hiring him in any official capacity, but let’s invite him to the convention and to throw out a first pitch at Wrigley.

  • Jed Jam Band

    I want Sammy to come back. I have for a long time. I grew up watching him as a kid and he was, is, and will likely always be my favorite player. Sammy was so much fun both on and off the field and despite some miserable years for the Cubs, he made the experience of being a young Cubs fanatic worthwhile for me. I know I’m romanticizing my experience of baseball throughout my life, but I just can’t help it. Sammy, when you come back, I and many others will welcome you with open arms, man.

    • CubbieBubba

      I agree. I remember him being relatively clutch as well. He was someone who could almost single handedly win a game in the bottom of the 9th. Cubs haven’t had that for a loooooong time.

      • TWC

        It’s good to have those good memories.

        However, he was at his worst in the 9th inning:

        • Patrick W.

          That is as brutal a refutation of hypothesis using data as I have seen. Not because the stats are brutal (they are not great) but because you crushed the memory. Shame on you. :)

          • TWC

            I know. I’m awful.

            I’ll still remember Aramis Ramirez as a clutch king for that GWHR over the Brewers though. I don’t even care how many other times he popped out to second with runners on.

  • CubbieBubba

    so who gave up all those errors in the AFL game? quite a lot of unearned runs being spread around.

  • Funn Dave

    So, the second line of that Mayo piece is a joke, right?