Tom Ricketts Says Sammy Sosa Isn't Welcome Back To Cubs Until He Puts "Everything On The Table" About His PED Use

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Just for the record, Mark McGwire has been welcomed back to the St. Louis Cardinals as a coach, Barry Bonds has been welcomed back to the San Francisco Giants as a special advisor to the CEO, Roger Clemens has been welcomed back by the Boston Red Sox for multiple ceremonies, as well as doing television and radio appearances on team-owned networks, and Alex Rodriguez has been welcomed back by the New York Yankees, the media and the entire world. Hell, even Pudge Rodriguez was welcomed to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot. In fairness, A-Rod and Big Mac have admitted to their PED use, but the rest of them? Silence.

I don’t know what the word is — it’s not “awkwardly”. It gears more towards “uncomfortably”, I think. Uncomfortably, the Chicago Cubs have not welcomed back Sammy Sosa since he last played for the team in 2004. From what I understand, there’s more to it than just the PED stuff because things apparently didn’t end so well for the former Chicago icon in Wrigleyville. However, Cubs owner Tom Ricketts is willing to welcome Sosa back to the Cubs family, but only under one condition.

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts says franchise career home run leader Sammy Sosa needs to “put everything on the table” in regard to PED use during his playing days if he is to ever be welcomed back by the team.

“Players from that era owe us a little bit of honesty,” Ricketts said Saturday during the team’s annual fan convention. “The only way to turn that page is to put everything on the table.”

The Cubs invited a couple dozen former players to the fan convention, but Sosa wasn’t one of them.

If Ricketts wants Sosa to put everything on the table, then I think it’s only fair if Sosa is allowed to request the same from Ricketts. I’ll be honest about my steroid use if you’re honest about the fact that nobody cares about my steroid use anymore, and the only reason why you don’t want me to come to these fan conventions and ceremonies at Wrigley is because I look like Dracula. Let’s get everything out here in the open. Yes, I took steroids, but you just want to keep me as far away as possible because A) I will scare the children and B) Everybody will be talking about how much of a freak I look like instead of my legacy with the Cubs.

Honesty is the best policy and I feel like we can get a lot accomplished if we were able to just get Sosa and Ricketts in the same room together. The Cubs are acting a little high and mighty here. And by a little, I mean a lot. Every other team has welcomed back their juiced up stars from the 90’s and 2000’s, whether they’ve admitted to their PED use or not, so I’m not sure why the Cubs have higher standards than everybody else.

Fans would be a lot more understanding if the Cubs were just like, “Yeah, we don’t want anything to do with Sammy Sosa now because he’s a freak,” instead of being like, “Sammy Sosa is not invited back until he admits to doing PEDs, even though everyone already knows that he did PEDs and everybody got over that several years ago.”