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Sammy Sosa has changed his appearance yet again and the internet is freaking out

Sammy Sosa has changed his appearance yet again and the internet is freaking out

Sammy Sosa made an appearance on ESPN earlier this week and the internet is freaking out:

The former Cubs icon has undergone some weird changes to his appearance in the years since he's retired from baseball, but this may be the strangest yet.

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Here's a before/after photo:

This is what Sosa looked like toward the beginning of his Cubs career in 1994:

Here are some of the best reactions to Sosa's new...look:

Sosa has been estranged from the Cubs for over a decade now and things don't appear to be getting closer for a reunion between him and the Wrigley faithful. In a February interview, Sosa compared himself to Jesus Christ and his ego does not appear to have taken a hit in recent years.

You can check out the entire interview with Slammin' Sammy here.

Uh oh: Javy Baez forced out of game after hit-by-pitch

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Uh oh: Javy Baez forced out of game after hit-by-pitch

ST. LOUIS — This is not what the Cubs wanted to see.

The Cubs entered play Sunday night having gone 24-12 since getting swept out of St. Louis in the first weekend of May.

They were feeling good about themselves, starting to get their mojo back and playing more like the team everybody expected.

And then Javy Baez took a 90 mph fastball off the left elbow Sunday night.

In the third inning of the series finale against the Cardinals as the Cubs looked for a sweep, Jack Flaherty hit Baez with a two-seam fastball. It forced the Cubs infielder to jump around in pain and then collapse to the grass about 15 feet away from home plate as Cubs trainers looked at him.

After a couple minute delay, Baez was led off the field and Addison Russell came in off the bench to replace him at first base.

The 25-year-old was in the midst of a breakout season for the Cubs, sitting 5th in the National League with 46 RBI and on pace for a near 30-30 seaosn (33 homers, 29 stolen bases). 

He had slowed a bit (.175 average, .502 OPS in June) but still gives the Cubs so much energy and versatility on a daily basis with his ability to move around the infield and lineup.

If the Cubs are going to be without Baez for any length of time, it could be a huge blow to a team that was just hitting its stride.

Yadier Molina is sad and Cubs fans have a new favorite GIF

Yadier Molina is sad and Cubs fans have a new favorite GIF

ST. LOUIS — The game was over and Yadier Molina knew it.

As Ian Happ turned on Sam Tuivailala's two-strike pitch in the 7th inning, Molina crumbled to the ground in defeat.

Happ's two-out double gave the Cubs a 4-3 lead they did not relinquish in a 6-3 victory Saturday night at Busch Stadium.

The Cubs had to claw back all night against the Cardinals, fighting to tie the game at two separate spots before Happ's breakthrough off Tuivailala.

Molina couldn't contain his disappointment:

Molina is a common target of ire from Cubs fans in the heated rivalry with the Cardinals, so you can bet his #SadFace led to some glee in the Chicago fanbase (just look at the comments on that Tweet):

The 35-year-old catcher just returned recently from a nearly month-long stint on the disabled list when he took a foul tip off a Kris Bryant swing to the groin on Jordan Hicks' 102 mph pitch the last time the Cubs were in town.

Molina has drawn 3 walks and has a single in this weekend's series with the Cubs, but he also committed a miscue in Friday's game, when he threw wild to first base on Jon Lester's squeeze bunt.

The Cubs are now 24-12 since they were swept in St. Louis on the first weekend of May.