Wednesday, February 5, 2014
#156 Sammy Sosa
About the Back: It's pretty hard to imagine the slugging, lumbering Sammy of the turn of the century batting leadoff. But a younger, quicker Sosa led off for the Cubs 28 times in 1992.
1. Sammy famously hit 66 home runs in 1998, 64 in 1999, and 63 in 2001...and did not lead the league in any of those seasons. Mark McGwire hit 70 in 1998 and 65 in 1999, and Barry Bonds hit 73 in 2001. Of course, Sosa' 50 homers in 2000 were enough to top the league.
2. George W. Bush was fond of joking that trading Sammy Sosa in a package for Harold Baines was the biggest mistake of his public life. Of course, I can think of a few larger-scale gaffes on his part.
3. Have you seen Sosa's sublime official Pinterest page? Go ahead. I'll wait.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: In 1993, it seemed like a big deal when Sammy joined the 30-30 (HR and SB) club. In the coming years, he'd make that look like child's play.
Bill James Said: (In regards to the 30-30 feat) "It's been done by at least one player every year since 1987."
On This Date in 1993: February 5. Belgium becomes a federal monarchy. The nation had previously been a unitary kingdom. Riveting stuff, eh?