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    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2332063


    There was no teary press conference. No wave goodbye. Not even a word or a sighting of the man himself.

    But barring something shocking, Wednesday marked the final chapter in the historic, controversial, always-riveting career of Sammy Sosa.

    Sosa didn't formally announce his retirement Wednesday. He merely notified the Washington Nationals that he was respectfully passing on their much-publicized one-year, $500,000, non-guaranteed contract offer.

    But even Sosa's agent, Adam Katz, didn't attempt to pretend there's some stunning comeback on Sosa's horizon. Not with the Nationals. Not with the Yomiuri Giants. Not even for a few weeks, with that WBC dream team from the Dominican Republic.

    Nope. This, Katz said, was clearly it.

    "We're not going to put him on the retirement list," Katz told ESPN.com. "We decided that [not putting him on that list] was the best thing to do. But I can say, with reasonable certainty, that we've seen Sammy in a baseball uniform for the last time."
    "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
    Carl Yastrzemski

  • #2
    Regardless of any character issues or possible steroid issues, I think we can all agree that Sammy deserved a happier ending.
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    • #3
      I believe it's called Karma.
      "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
      Carl Yastrzemski

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ndistops
        Regardless of any character issues or possible steroid issues, I think we can all agree that Sammy deserved a happier ending.
        He had a job offer that he turned down. He chose his own fate.
        Some others didn't get to make their own decisions.
        I could be mistaken, but I believe Carew was forced into retirement as he was never tendered a contract.

        Raffy is another one, as he has no contract offers.
        But I must say I do not feel sorry for Raffy or Sammy. Cheaters never win!
        1968 and 1984, the greatest ever.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ndistops
          Regardless of any character issues or possible steroid issues, I think we can all agree that Sammy deserved a happier ending.
          Does Sosa's attitude around the end does warrent him having a happier ending?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ndistops
            Regardless of any character issues or possible steroid issues, I think we can all agree that Sammy deserved a happier ending.
            I agree.
            Sammy was a man who deserved a happy ending and a ride off into the sunset. Not someone who deserved a silent ending ala Raffy Palmiero.
            "After my fourth season I asked for $43,000 and General Manager Ed Barrow told me, 'Young man, do you realize Lou Gehrig, a 16-year-man, is playing for only $44,000?' I said, Mr. Barrow, there is only one answer to that - Mr. Gehrig is terribly underpaid."- Yankees outfielder Joe DiMaggio

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            • #7
              Raffy's character really went to gutter after being caught using steriods. He even tried to shift the blame to Tejada, which disgusted me. While Sosa has not been caught using steriods, which is why I haven't really brought it up. We can say Sosa's character doesn't warrent him having a happier ending than he had.

              Can we not say the Cubs themselves were happy Sosa left? Your team should never been excited that you left their team, no? While I won't take steriods into account, I will take character issues into account, especially how he treated his fellow team members.

              Though, I guess it could be said that Sosa and Big Mac did a lot for baseball during their chase for the record back in 98.

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