According to a New York Times report, Sammy Sosa is among the players who tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug in 2003, according to lawyers with knowledge of the drug-testing results from that year.
This is hardly a surprise. Our first thoughts were this: remember when Sammy Sosa hit those 20-something home runs in a month in May of 1999? Following up that year that he hit 66 homers? Yeah, you don’t do that kind of thing naturally. If it seems to good to be ‘true’, then it probably is. We’ve known that Sosa was a steroid user long before this damning evidence came out.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. You don’t put up those Nintendo type stats in the Major Leagues if you’re not on PED’s of some type. Luis Gonzalez, Greg Vaughn, Brady Anderson and countless other players who had those HUGE years that saw them hit over 50 home runs out of nowhere can probably thank steroids as well. It’s no longer rocket science or a huge mystery. The game is no more tarnished today then it was today or two years ago. No one should be that shocked. Let’s move on and take it as we already knew what we knew.
Steroids or not, it sure was fun to watch in that summer of 1998 wasn’t it? Tell me that summer didn’t make you feel like a kid again? And if you were a kid you’ll definitely remember where you were in those epic Cubs/Cardinals battles. Someday this might not matter all that much. To some it already doesn’t.