Coming clean would only help Sammy Sosa

By Fred Mitchell, Chicago Tribune Published: January 7, 2013
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Speaking to me in quite understandable English, Sosa second-guessed McGwire's strategy at the House hearings.

“(McGwire) could have been more prepared when he went to the hearings,” said Sosa, who had an interpreter at that session. “People have to understand that he is kind of shy, for real. He was born like that. He doesn't like the publicity. He don't like to be up there. Sometimes when you have to do something like (testifying), you don't feel comfortable. People probably expect you to say so many things that you don't say. He didn't answer the appropriate questions.”

Sosa sounded proud that he knew how to play the game as far as influencing people. But he became a bit agitated when I pressed him about McGwire using performance enhancers and the fact that rampant speculation continued about his possible use.

How could any baseball writer vote for any player who used PEDs?

“I understand your point,” Sosa said then. “Remember, I am not a writer. I am a baseball player. And no matter what happens, we are family. Mark is part of my family. My opinion is always going to be in a good way when I refer to someone in my family. I am not going to sit here and say, ‘Do this and don't do that.' Because I am not like that.”

I know Sosa would love to become part of the Hall of Fame family. But he needs to come clean.