The New York Times is reporting that Sammy Sosa failed a drug test in 2003. The New York Times cites “lawyers with knowledge of the drug-testing results from that year” as their source. This is the latest black eye for baseball as yet another star is linked to performance-enhancing drugs. Unlike Manny Ramirez and Alex Rodriguez, Sosa’s failed test does not come as a shock to most baseball fans. He has been presumed guilty for years, and this “new” knowledge won’t have the ripple effect among baseball fans. Instead of outrage, I imagine most people’s reactions will be in the neighborhood of “I thought so”. Although you may be disgusted when looking at the top ten HR list.
1. Barry Bonds, 762 – steroids
2. Hank Aaron, 755
3. Babe Ruth, 714
4. Willie Mays, 660
5. Ken Griffey, Jr., 617 – PLEASE BE CLEAN
6. Sammy Sosa, 609 – steroids
7. Frank Robinson, 586
8. Mark McGwire, 583 – steroids
9. Harmon Killebrew, 573
10. Rafael Palmeiro, 569 – steroids
With four of the top ten (A-Rod at 12, ManRam at 17) being steroid users does a lot to damage the history of the game. Sosa can kiss the HOF goodbye. He was already on thin ice because of the corked bat and the speculation. It gives a whole new meaning to his nickmame “Say it Ain’t Sosa”. I wish I could. I wish I could.