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It Ain’t Sosa

Posted by GM/VP of Fan Operations on Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sammy Sosa in Congress - March 17, 2005

Sammy Sosa in Congress - March 17, 2005

Yesterday it was reported in the New York Times that Sammy Sosa tested positive for PEDs in 2003. Media members keep throwing out Sosa’s 2005 Congressional quote:

I have never taken illegal performance-enhancing drugs. I have never injected myself or had anyone inject me with anything.

Regardless of your take on any drug, he very well could have been telling the truth.

On March 17, 2005 Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, and Mark McGwire took the stand and answered questions alongside their Judas, Jose Canseco. Nearly a month earlier Canseco published Juiced: Wild Times, ‘Rampant Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big.

Sosa was not listed as one of the many users Canseco named but wrote:

I can’t say for a fact he took steroids — but he gained 30 pounds just like that — you could see the bloating in his face and neck. It seemed so obvious. It was a joke.

At the time of the Congressional Hearing there were no laws or rules against any drugs or narcotics in Major League Baseball.

Regardless of if Sosa took the drugs is irrelevant. He need now either affirm or refute these recent allegations. If he did use drugs of any kind he should admit to it but maintain that there were no guidelines for drug use in the MLB at the time. He did not lie.

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