02-01-2005, 10:14 AM
It's very interesting, somewhat laughable, and overall pathetic observing all the Cub fans and Cub media these last few days since Sosa was traded. All these years, they worshipped at the "Alter of Sammy", cheering madly, and bowing to him every time he ran out to right field, or stepped to the plate for another strike out. They waved signs imploring him to "hit it here", or letting him, and everyone else know, that "We Love You Sammy". It was the most gross overabundance of adulation and hero worship I've ever seen bestowed on any sports figure, and at the same time, so undeserving. We Sox fans knew the truth about the guy, and argued in vain with the sheep trying to inform them. We knew about the fact that he was/is a wife beater. Long before the Balco story broke, we were chanting "Steroids..Steroids" whenever he came to bat. We knew what a raging megalomaniac the guy was; How he would snap at any reporter who had the nerve to ask him a question not to his liking; His little assistant, not on the Cubs roster, but paid by them, and in full uniform, who's only job was to be Sammy's personal valet, and help him stretch before games; Then came the corked bat incident. He was caught, red handed, at cheating. His reaction was remarkably un-apologetic. How did Cub fans react ? The following night, they game him a STANDING OVATION ! Anyone remember the guy that was holding up a sign that said "Sammy Sosa Is Still My Hero". Unbelievable. Now, after the debacle at the end of last season, bitching about being moved down in the batting order, and walking out on the team, the Cubs are able to unload him. Now, sports reporters, the ones who helped enable him, (especially at the Tribune), are starting to leak out little stories here and there about Sosa, what a jerk he was, etc. And the fans ? The same fans who fed his monsterous ego, the same fans who only 5 months ago were wrapping up yet another season of Sosa slobbering, are now saying "Yeah, I'm glad he's gone", and "He wasn't really a team player, he was very selfish", and even "I won't miss all the strikeouts". These were the same things wev'e been saying for the past 12+ years, (even more so since 1998), but were always pooh-poohed away and dismissed as "jealous Sox fans, you're just mad because you guys traded him for George Bell, ha ha ha ha.." I shouldn't be surprised, but I am continually amazed again & again at the absolute stupidity Cub Nation puts on display.