Sammy Sosa

Sammy Sosa as a cowboy? Sure, why not


Sammy Sosa as a cowboy? Sure, why not

Sammy Sosa is back at it again.

The former Cubs slugger keeps finding his way into the news every month or so.

After an update on his ever-changing physical appearance in November and then the annual Cubs Convention talk in January, February brings us Sammy Sosa as a cowboy, because of course:

That picture is something else. But wait, there's more.


Of Sosa dancing. With his cowboy boots and that fake — or real?? — gun holstered to the side of his hip:

This has been your latest Sammy Sosa social media update. 

Podcast: Ranking the greatest Cubs of all-time

Podcast: Ranking the greatest Cubs of all-time

I distinctly remember the first time I went to see the Cubs play at Wrigley Field as a youngster.

My late father, Marshall, and my mother, Lila, took my brother, Bruce, and me to see the Cubs play the Atlanta Braves on a beautiful June day.

I can see the green grass and the ivy in all its glory and the Cubs going through their warmups before the game began. I was instantly captivated and hooked for life.

This was going to be my team.

Little did I know that at that moment, my life was about to be filled with a stunning amount of losing from my favorite team.

My brother was just as caught up in the emotion of that day. He picked the White Sox as his team and it began a lifelong rivalry, the memories of which he and I treasure to this day. Both of us have seen our team win a World Series when we both wondered if we would ever experience that glorious moment. Both of us have seen our share of amazing players and sensational moments.

On what would've been Ernie Banks' 87th birthday, here is my idea of The 10 Greatest Cubs of my lifetime:

10. Anthony Rizzo

9. Kris Bryant

8. Andre Dawson

7. Greg Maddux

6. Ron Santo

5. Sammy Sosa

4. Ryne Sandberg

3. Fergie Jenkins

2. Billy Williams

1. Ernie Banks

Who are the Top 5 Cubs of your lifetime? Where do guys like Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant fit in? And what will that list look 20 years from now, in 2038?

We debated on the latest CubsTalk Podcast

And here is everybody else's list of the Top 5 Cubs of their lifetime:

Kelly Crull

1. Ryne Sandberg
2. Andre Dawson
3. Greg Maddux
4. Bryzzo
5. Jake Arrieta

Tony Andracki

1. Sammy Sosa
2. Mark Grace
3. Derrek Lee 
4. Ryne Sandberg
5. Jake Arrieta

Jon Graff

1. Andre Dawson
2. Sammy Sosa
3. Greg Maddux
4. Ryne Sandberg
5. Bryzzo

Mixed news for former Cubs on Hall of Fame ballot

Mixed news for former Cubs on Hall of Fame ballot

While four deserving stars will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer, no Cubs will be among the crowd.

It was a mixed bag for former North Siders on the ballot this winter.

Neither Kerry Wood nor Carlos Zambrano received enough votes (5 percent) to remain on the ballot. In fact, Zambrano did not receive even one vote from any of the 422 Baseball Writers Association of America voters. Wood had two votes, good for 0.5 percent.

Sammy Sosa, however, received just enough votes to remain on the ballot for 2019, as 33 writers included him among their possible entrants into baseball's most prestigious honor. That represents a slight dip for Sosa, who had 38 votes on 2017's ballot.

In the years he's been on the ballot, Sosa has had to sweat it out each time, narrowly hanging on:

2013 - 71 votes (12.5 percent)
2014 - 41 votes (7.2 percent)
2015 - 36 votes (6.6 percent)
2016 - 31 votes (7 percent)
2017 - 38 votes (8.6 percent)
2018 - 33 votes (7.8 percent)

Sosa has 609 career homers and is one of the greatest sluggers in baseball history. While his numbers are surely Hall-worthy, the issue dragging Sosa down in the voters eyes is his alleged link to PEDs.

Sosa also has not been allowed back at Cubs Convention until he comes clean about his past transgressions.

Meanwhile, Wood and Zambrano falling off the ballot don't come as much of a surprise. 

Wood pitched 14 years in the big leagues, but his career was marred by injury, as he made 30 starts in only two seasons and spent the last half of his career as a reliever. He won the Rookie of the Year in 1998 but never finished among the top finalists for the Cy Young. He was an All-Star twice and led baseball in strikeouts in 2003.

Those aren't exactly HOF numbers, but at least he has an awesome sense of humor about it:

Zambrano pitched 12 years in the majors, almost all as a starting pitcher. He won 132 games and pitched 1,959 innings, but only led the league twice in any major category — wins in 2006 (16) and HR/9 in 2003 (0.4). 

"Big Z" was a three-time All-Star and finished fifth in NL Cy Young Voting three times (2004, 2006, 2007) and even found his way among MVP finalists (28th) in 2004 when he went 16-8 with a 2.75 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 188 strikeouts in 209.2 innings.

Zambrano also won four Silver Slugger Awards, smashing 24 homers in 693 career at-bats.