Sammy Sosa lobbying for World Series first pitch, misspells Joe Maddon’s name

Picture this moment: Wrigley Field hosting its first World Series game since 1945, the fans going crazy, the atmosphere electric, and taking the mound to throw out the first pitch is Sammy Sosa?That would be the same Sammy Sosa Wei-Yin Chen Jersey who has been estranged from the Cubs since the team traded him to the Oriolesafter the 2004 season. But according to the Chicago Tribune, the man who spent 13 seasons in a Cubs uniform and slugged 545 home runs with the team says he would be open to reconciliation.MORE: NLDS photos| Wrigley ticket prices rise| Cubs’ logo historyA good start would be throwing out the first pitch at Wrigley for a World Series game.Tribune reporter Paul Sullivan asked Cubs hitting instructor Manny Ramirez if he thought Sosa and the Cubs would ever reconcile. Ramirez recalled a conversation he’d hadwith Cubs infielder Jonathan Herrera, when Ramirez had a brainstorm:Man, how sweet it would be if Sammy comes and throws the first pitch in the World Series.I think it would be awesome.Sullivan reached out to Sosa, who seemed agreeable to the idea, but mi spelled manager Joe Maddon’s name.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, Sosa said in an email Martin Prado Jersey Thursday. 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.Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo said he met Sosa last offseason and was surprised the retired slugger recognized him.I just went over and said hello, Rizzo told the Tribune. I introduced myself and tried to campaign for him to come back. I just said ‘We’d love to have you.’ Nothing crazy. He was really, really nice. It was really cool. He knew who I was, which was surprising. But he still follows us.Source: Chicago Tribune


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