And he clearly believes in the veracity of his numbers. In his opinion, anyone with 500 home runs should be in a "special place," mindful that he could join McGwire in Hall of Fame purgatory after voters soundly rejected the first baseman on his first year on the ballot.Um, OK, Sammy. You hit .221 with 14 home runs your last season with the Orioles. You didn't play at all last year. Not to mention, you only have a minor-league deal with the Rangers. And you think you're going to waltz back into the league and hit another 112 home runs at 38 years of age?
That makes it easy to conclude that Sosa is simply coming back to hit 12 home runs, giving him 600, strengthening his case for immortality. Wrong, he pleaded with genuine passion.
"Why would I come back for 12 more home runs. Why? I want 700 home runs," said Sosa, the most blatant hint that he plans to play beyond this year if his bat speed allows. "I am greedy."
At times like these, I sometimes feel sorry for an athlete like this - one that was on top of his profession some years back, still clinging to some manifestation of hope that he can still dominate or contribute to a team with any sort of frequency.
But, this is Sammy Sosa. And well, I just can't get behind him at all.
Sidenote: That is one tool-ish photo of Sammy. But aren't they all?