Sammy Sosa: Why are Cubs punishing me for what 'pretty much everybody' did

Tim Stebbins
NBC Sports Chicago

Sammy Sosa has been estranged from the Cubs since they dealt him to the Orioles in January 2005. His Cubs tenure came to a turbulent end - he was caught with a corked bat in 2003 and walked out on the team shortly after first pitch on the final game of the 2004 season.

Sosa hasn't returned to Wrigley since, and chairman Tom Ricketts has said the club wants some honesty from the slugger regarding his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs. The word "apologize" has even been used.

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Sosa was asked about that specifically in ESPN's "Long Gone Summer." His response?

"Why do they worry about me when pretty much everybody in that era did [steroids]?" Sosa said in the documentary.

For clarification, one of the documentary's moderators then asked Sosa if he wonders why the Ricketts family is specifically focusing on him.

"Exactly," Sosa said, laughing and turning his palms face up. "You know what I mean?"

The New York Times reported in 2009 Sosa was one of 104 MLB players in 2003 to test positive for PEDs. He has never admitted to using steroids, however, and said in the documentary "I am the one to blame?" for the scuff mark brought on baseball by the Steroid era.

Sosa expanded upon that notion in an interview with SportsCenter's Scott Van Pelt Sunday.

"What I don't like is taking the blame for somebody else. That was a year that we had to do what we had to do. I feel [grateful] to the Chicago Cubs, they gave me the opportunity to be the player that I was... ."

Sosa has said on multiple occasions he'd like to be welcomed back to Wrigley Field one day to show his appreciation for Cubs fans. He told David Kaplan in a radio interview this week he expects to return one day and isn't bothered by the fact it hasn't happened yet.

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"I believe time will heal everything. My case is not a hard case to look at," Sosa told Van Pelt. "I believe that in the near future somebody, a new owner...somebody [will] bring me back."

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