10/9 Sosa: Bring me back to Wrigley
Sammy Sosa hopes the Cubs will retire his No. 21 and he can return to Wrigley Field.
“I hope one day, we can come to the conclusion we can be friends again and they definitely can bring me back to Wrigley Field,” Sosa told WGN Radio in an interview Tuesday night.
Junior Lake wore No. 21 last season with the Cubs, and Sosa said he expects the young outfielder to “perform very well because it’s a responsible number.”
In 2003, Moises Alou and Aramis Ramirez had each booked flights home after losing Game 6 of the National League Championship Series because they did not think the Cubs would win the seventh game against the Marlins. Alou and Ramirez were correct but Sosa was miffed. Sosa said it took two months to recover after losing the NLCS.
“I can’t believe that happened to us,” he said.
Sosa left Wrigley before the final game of 2004 ended, but he said manager Dusty Baker gave him permission to do so.
“I don’t feel guilty,” Sosa said. “I go early that day, and they said, ‘Yes, go ahead,’ but they were looking for someone to blame. Right now, I’m paying the price. It’s something we can resolve that just to have a conversation. That was the only thing was leaving the park. They think I made that decision on my own. I’ve always been disciplined when it comes to the game and respect people.”