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Sammy Sosa’s sleeves may have been altered to show off those guns
Before the New York Times story all but eliminated any remaining doubt regarding Sammy Sosa and steroids, many pointed to the slugger’s behemoth biceps and swollen shoulders as proof of his use.
The reasonable thing to do if you were juicing would be shying away from any type of added scrutiny about your body. But today we’re hearing that Sosa may have had his uniform tailored with elastic inside the arms between the years of 2002-2004.
CNBC confirmed through a source that Sosa did
indeed ask for the elastic arm tapering for at least the 2002 season.
The source said that he could not remember another player that asked
for this specification.“I
don’t know why it would be tapered like that other than it being a
purely cosmetic change so that people could see his muscles,” said David Hunt, president of Hunt Auctions. “There doesn’t seem to be any other reason why he’d do it.”
In other Sosa news, former teammate Ryne Sandberg said today that the alleged sleeve-altering enthusiast does not belong in the Hall of Fame in light of these integrity issues.
Appearing on the “Waddle & Silvy” show on ESPN 1000, Sandberg
said “I don’t think so,” when asked if Sosa belongs in the Hall of Fame.
use the word ‘integrity’ in describing a Hall of Famer in the logo of
the Hall of Fame, and I think there are gonna be quite a few players
that are not going to get in,” Sandberg said. “It’s been evident with
the sportswriters who vote them in, with what they’ve done with Mark McGwire getting in the 20 percent range.
have some other players coming up like [Rafael] Palmeiro coming up
soon, and it’ll be up to the sportswriters to speak loud and clear
about that. I don’t see any of those guys getting in.”