I know that Sammy is many Cub fans favorite whipping boy, but I do not follow that hate. I hope that someday soon he can be celebrated by Cub fans again, and that his flag can hang at Wrigley Field among the greats.
Was he a cheater? Most likely yes, but isn't baseball all about trying to get away with cheating? Stealing signs, scuffing the ball, too much pine tar on the bat, etc. it is all about trying to get an edge. You might even say that advanced scouting reports, watching film, and other means of getting an edge fall into the same category.
Do I condone what Sammy may have, or did do? No, but he was a huge part of saving baseball after the strike. He added a lot of excitement to the game, and probably only did what many other players did as well.
He also may have alienated a lot of his teammates, but there are a lot of stars that have also done that. I have heard that Cap Anson also wasn't well liked.
To summarize, I hope that we can forgive Sammy someday and celebrate his career!
I agree with everything you said.
Sammy is like Soriano, Cub "fans" just love to hate him.
Fact is, the steroid era saved baseball and Sosa was one of the greatest Cubs of all time.
The Steroid Era revived.baseball handmade the owners millions. The owners knew and accepted steroids. Bonds, Clemens, and Sosa should be first ballot HOFers.
Most elected in the last 30 years were part of the Uppers Era. Steroid, Uppers, Dead Ball, Live Ball, and most other Eras all had distorting effects on records.
Ryno and Sammy deserve statues as much as Billie and Ronnie. The Hawks learned their mistake with Hull. The Cubs need to do the same. Only Ryno can match Sammy as a Cubs ambassador. Ernie was 40 plus years ago and is now somewhat demented.
Any Chicago writer who votes against Sammy should be fired.
Man, I can't imagine trying to play baseball while doing uppers.
But <hell, uppers are everything from caffeine to crystal meth.
"Players used to do uppers to wake up after a hard night of drinking and carousing."
Different than getting all wired up for a game though and I'm pretty sure it would be a terrible idea.