Sammy Sosa’s On His Skin Complexion: “This Is My Life, I Do Whatever I Want!”
It’s been 20 years since pro baseball player Sammy Sosa achieved national fame for their home run-hitting explosiveness in pursuit of Roger Maris’ home run record. Sosa is best known for his time with the Chicago Cubs where he became a 7-time All-Star while holding numerous team records.
Sports Illustrated’s “Where Are they Now?” feature with Sosa on the cover focuses on his stormy relationship with the Cubs and the 1998 home run race with Mark McGwire, when he first became a national figure. A press release tells us,
Sosa went from dirt-floor beds in his native country, the Dominican Republic, to lavish, blue-leather-trimmed sofas in the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, otherwise known as ‘The Most Luxurious Hotel in the World.’
He finished his career with stints with the Baltimore Orioles and the Texas Rangers. It was with the Rangers that Sosa hit his 600th career home run to become the fifth player in MLB history to reach the milestone. In 2009, the New York Times included Sosa in baseball’s steroids scandal, listing players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003. Sosa denies using PEDs. He also complains about his status in Cubs history books. He left the team on bad terms.
There is also the fact of Sammy Sosa’s drastic change in appearance. His skin is considerably lighter and he had work done to his nose. Sosa’s new look makes people stop and stare but he does not care,
“Look at what I am today,” he says, pointing to the luxuries surrounding him. “This is my life, and I don’t take garbage from nobody. I do whatever I want.”
As we previously reported, the baseball great keeps getting lighter and lighter. He is now almost unrecognizable to some.
The Cubs want some type of apology from the baseball great, but he is defiant and does not seem to be in the mood to beg for forgiveness. Considering other players named in the scandal have been honored by
their old teams without apologizing for PED controversies, don’t expect Sosa to do it either. The team claims a simple acknowledgement would be fine. A source says,
This is simply, ‘I messed up, and there’s something to learn from it, and I’d love to get back in the fold.’ It would take one sentence.
Sosa is not having it though.
I never failed a drug test. So why are you asking me about that, when they don’t have nothing on Sosa?
Speaking about himself in the third-person, Sosa is not bothered by any of it. When he testified to Congress about the PED controversy he said thru his attorney,
I have never taken illegal performance-enhancing drugs. I have never injected myself or had anyone inject me with anything. I’ve not broken the laws of the United States or the laws of the Dominican Republic.
Sosa’s appearance has changed mainly due to the skin cream that he years ago began applying daily. His oldest son described his dads feelings,
Like, ‘Man, I gave so many years and so much hard work for you guys, and now you want to undermine all that because of some decisions I’m making some personal decisions that don’t affect you at all?’