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Report: Slammin' Sammy Sosa juiced in 2003

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Sammy Sosa in 2003.

As if there weren't going to be enough wars of words in the stands of Wrigley Field this week with the White Sox on the North Side, the ammo just got nuclear.

The New York Times is reporting that Sammy Sosa, holder of most of the Chicago Cubs power records from his homer-happy reign at Clark and Addison, was on the juice in 2003.

According to the paper:

Sammy Sosa, who joined with Mark McGwire in 1998 in a celebrated pursuit of baseball's single-season home run record, is among the players who tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug in 2003, according to lawyers with knowledge of the drug-testing results from that year.

The disclosure that Sosa tested positive makes him the latest baseball star of the last two decades to be linked to performance-enhancers, a group that now includes McGwire, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Rafael Palmeiro.

Sosa has long protested his innocence, when not outright denying accusations, as the focus of constant rumors of using illegal substances since his race with McGwire in '98, often joking that he only uses Flintstones vitamins and hard work.

CONGRESS STEROIDS.jpgSosa exceeded 60 homers three times, but if these accusations are true, the biggest bomb he ever launched may have come in 2005 when he testified on the use of banned substances in baseball before Congress. Sitting next to Rafael Palmeiro, McGwire and others at a hearing called by the House Government Reform Committee to examine the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball, Sosa testified that:

"everything" he had heard "about steroids and human growth hormones is that they are bad for you, even lethal" and that he "would never put anything dangerous like that" in his body. "To be clear, I have never taken illegal performance-enhancing drugs. I have never injected myself or had anyone inject me with anything."

Now Sosa, who retired last week and told ESNdeportes that he would "calmly await" his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in five years, will be cast into the same tainted pool of names that the Cooperstown crew are shunning. Yes, you, McGwire.

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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 ... Read More

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Maybe it was just his "batting practice urine," kind of like the "batting practice bat" that exploded and blew cork all over the field a few years ago.

Wow! What a surprise! Is anyone shocked by this? He is a liar and a cheater and there is no place for people like this in MLB.


Shawking. Pawsitively shawking.


Shawking.

Pawsitively shawking.

RELEASE ALL THE NAMES AND STOP THE CRAZINESS, DON'T YOU SEE THE PATTERN, SAMMY IS THE LAST GUY TO SPEAK, HE SAID HE WOULD BE WAITING FOR THE HALL TO CALL HIM ABOUT INDUCTION, AND NOW HIS NAME GETS LEAKED TO THE PUBLIC, FIRST A-ROD AND NOW SAMMY, NO WONDER MCGUIRE NEVER SAYS ANYTHING IN PUBLIC, HE KNOWS HE ISN'T GETTING IN THE HALL EITHER, BUT HE DOESN'T WANT HIS NAME RELEASED QUITE YET!
LET'S SEE THE CROSSTOWN SERIES WAS SUPPOSE TO BEGIN, BUT INSTEAD SAMMY STEALS THE HEADLINES, VERY FISHY, STAY TUNED!

Slammin' Sammy Sosa juiced in 2003?, wow, what a disgrace and what a pain in my heart wowwwwwwwww.
By the way, anything about Bin Laden or the future of social security?

Very good point Craig, let's talk about Sammy and forget about the rest, why bother, right?

Good again Craig, The heck with Sosa and the civics maaaaan, you are my hero now. :-)

Good again Craig, The heck with Sosa and the civics maaaaan, you are my hero now. :-)

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