When news broke earlier today that Sammy Sosa tested positive for steroids in 2003, the Cubs announced they were honor the slugger with a statue next to that of Ernie Banks outside Wrigley Field. The statue features a muddied Sosa carrying a large syringe rather than a bat. It also refers to him as “Corky ‘Roids.”
“We felt this was the best way to honor Sammy’s legacy,” said team president Crane Kenney. “Sure, many people — including me — made lots of money off his feats of strength, but let’s be honest, he’s the one to blame and this statue reminds everyone of that.”
Sosa formally announced his retirement last week and some insiders said he was angling for a farewell tour with Cubs. Though this isn’t what he hoped, Sosa said he’ll take what he can get.
“People in Chicago, they seem to have forgotten about me after I left town,” said Sosa. “But now whenever they go to Wrigley they’ll remember how much they loved Sammy.”