On February 2, 2005 the Cubs made a trade with Baltimore for Mike Fontenot and the pride of Naperville, Illinois, Jerry Hairston.
Fontenot was the Orioles first round draft pick in 2001 (19th overall) and Hairston a super utility player during his first seven seasons in Baltimore.
But does anyone remember who Chicago sent packing in return?
–I wonder what Mark McGwire didn’t like about Sammy Sosa?
According to former Cub Steve Trachsel, who served up McGwire’s record-setting 62nd home run in 1998, cheater Mac was never a fan of cheater Sammy.
–Lou Piniella, however, feels bad for McGwire saying:
“It was difficult doing what he did. It was probably something that needed to be done. America forgives and forgets. I don’t think there is anybody out there that hasn’t done something that they don’t feel sorry for.”
“I would probably think that down the road he will be a Hall of Famer. Maybe not in the first few ballots, but people tend to forget, and rightfully so.”
Chicago Cubs blogger Bullpen Brian says he’s surprised at the attention he’s received this week over a photo taken of him during baseball’s GM meetings at the O’Hare Hilton.
The recent photos revealed Brian’s skin color, particularly the face, much paler than his normal caramel tone. His physical resemblance to that of a Silverback Gorilla didn’t go unnoticed, either.
Speculation first arose from Cubs Nation that Brian completed several cycles of performance enhancing drugs this past summer, thus explaining his abnormally large muscle mass.
Additionally, his affection for bananas and walking on all fours has also fueled the debate.
So much for hard work and dedication.
Not that we need the New York Times to tell us Sammy Sosa used PEDs.
The man grew from a Dominican stick figure into a modern day Transformer.
What other proof did you need?
Had Sosa come clean, all would have been forgiven yeas ago.
Instead, he chose the path of Bonds and Clemens: fans are pathetic suckers who will believe anything.
Remember when Sammy got caught using a corked bat?
It was June 3, 2003.
Lou Piniella managed the Devil Rays from the visiting dugout at Wrigley Field. Mark Prior lasted eight strong innings, and the Cubs were racing towards the postseason under Dusty Baker’s watch.
Sosa, on the other hand, was struggling.