Sammy Sosa would love to throw out first pitch at Cubs World Series
Sammy Sosa wholeheartedly endorsed an idea originally proposed by Chicago Cubs hitting consultant Manny Ramirez that he should throw out a ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley Field should his former team reach the World Series.
Ramirez floated the concept of the Cubs great finally being welcomed back into the fold in such a bold manner before Tuesday’s series-clinching NLDS Game 4 win. Sosa has been considered a persona non grata by the Cubs organization ever since he left on bad terms after being traded to the Baltimore Orioles following the 2004 season.
Ramirez still believes it would be a great way to finally put all the bad blood between the parties in the past.
“Why not?” Ramirez said Tuesday, via the Chicago Tribune. “Sammy is a great person, an awesome guy. Why not just give him a chance to come. I was talking to (Jonathan) Herrera and I told him, ‘Man, how sweet it would be if Sammy comes and throws the first pitch in the World Series. I think it would be awesome.”
Sosa, whose appearance has been more of a topic of discussion than his baseball career in recent years, must have caught wind of Ramirez’s grand plan and sent an email to the Chicago Tribune indicating he would be interested. And while the email sent via his spokesperson is enthusiastic enough, there was one problem, however.
He spelled Cubs skipper Joe Maddon’s name wrong.
“I want to thank Manny for thinking of me and I would be honored in throwing out the first pitch at Wrigley for a Cubs World Series,” he wrote. “I want to send my best wishes to Manager Joe Madden (sic), the coaches and all the players on their win (Tuesday) night! I am very excited for the current team members to experience this journey!
“I remember how exciting it was for the 2003 team. Now it’s YOUR TURN and you are making us all proud. This is YOUR TIME. Enjoy it and take us all the way to the World Series. GO CUBS.”
The Cubs reportedly have not yet commented on Sosa’s endorsement. The team does, after all, would have to reach the World Series first.