After some folks cried out that Sammy Sosa wasn’t invited to the 100th Anniversary Game at Wrigley Field this week (because their relationship status is “It’s Complicated”), Sosa responded to the Tribune and to ESPN about the situation.
In comments to the Tribune, Sosa said, through a spokesperson, that it was a lovely event, and he would have been honored to have been included. A source tells the Tribune that, more than that, Sosa was hurt to be excluded.
Sosa’s remarks to ESPN were a bit more pointed, telling Enrique Rojas that “I should have been there; I would have liked to have been there. The Cubs know where to find me, and I hope to have the chance to clear up any misunderstanding.”
And, on that latter point, perhaps we’ll finally see a thaw in the icy relationship, which has been virtually without communication for a decade now. Sosa told Rojas, “If there is something to clarify, we will sit down and clear it up. Time has given me the maturity to reflect upon many things, including knowing that one side doesn’t have to be right all the time.”
As I’ve said every time I’ve discussed this issue, I don’t know precisely what the issues are behind the scenes holding things up, so I’m not going to point fingers. I’m just going to say: I hope this gets worked out, and Sammy is back in the fold soon. I’m still sad about how some things went down, but I’m ready to move on, and just be happy again about the time he spent with the Cubs. I get the feeling that the majority of fans feel the same way.