Another one bites the dust. The New York Times and ESPN have reported that Sammy Sosa was one of the 104 MLB players to test positive in 2003 for PED’s. Sosa is only the second player to be named from the so-called “anonymous” results, A-Rod being the first. Is it only a matter of time before the rest of the names come out?
Sosa was part of the 2005 Congressional hearings on the subject of steroids. The hearings are probably more famous for Rafael Palmeiro’s finger-wagging, Mark McGwire’s “I’m not here to talk about the past” and Sosa’s sudden inability to speak the language, than for any actual findings. Sosa’s statement to the committee was read by his lawyer:
“To be clear, I have never taken illegal performance-enhancing drugs.”
“I have never injected myself or had anyone inject me with anything,” he told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on March 17, 2005. “I have not broken the laws of the United States or the laws of the Dominican Republic. I have been tested as recently as 2004, and I am clean.”
When asked to comment on the allegations, Sosa did not really answer…apparently he was having another language malfunction:
“I will calmly wait for my induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Don’t I
have the numbers to be inducted?”
Keep waiting, Corky, I think it might be a while.
See y’all at 7:10 for the Brad Penny show.